Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36–40, NIV. It is ironic that the two greatest commandments are not listed in the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20. These two great commandments that Jesus declares encapsulate those found in Exodus 20. The first four laws given in Exodus 20 are to…

“With my whole heart have I sought thee:  O let me not wander from thy commandments.”  (Psalms 119:10 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible) During this New Year, I need more time spent seeking God.  Earnest prayer and supplication gives divine light and strength to walk uprightly.  The chance of getting off track lessens as I seek His face. Accidents occur daily because someone took their eyes off the road while driving.  Wandering from the commandment of God brings a serious penalty with it.  Disaster awaits.  We cannot permit our eyes to cause us to wander. Prayer:  Keep…

“I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.” Psalm 119:176

Just like we must not neglect our salvation, we also must not forget the Lord’s commandments. Failing to follow them causes us to get lost like a sheep who has wandered off.

By His grace, God continues to seek to restore our relationship with Him. And if we have hidden His Word, His commandments in our heart, we will never be able to forget them. Even if we get off track, they will help us back onto the right path.

We guard the Lord’s commandments by reading and memorizing them. Suppose one day the Bible was forbidden in your country like it is in many. Would you have enough of His commandments in your heart to sustain you?

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your commandments that keep me on the straight and narrow way that leads to life eternal. Help me to value them and to hide them in my heart.

Devotion by Liane Grant