So be very careful to love the LORD your God. Joshua 23:11
Joshua had led the Israelites for many years and into the land of Canaan. He was one of only two people who were in Egypt when they were released and survived the time in the desert. Now God was about to take him home and so he gave some last instructions to the Israelites. The best instruction that he gave was to be careful to love God.
Being careful to do something is to pay very close attention to what one is doing. It is to not take what is being done lightly or haphazardly.
It has been said that there is no such thing as an accident. The person that said this was looking at the idea that when there is an “accident” it usually meant that someone did something wrong. They did not pay close enough attention to the small details of the situation, which caused the “accident”, thus it was because of neglect that something bad happened.
In your life, you are the only one who can control your relationship with God. Only you can control how much love or do not love God.
Paul said several thousand years later that in order to love God you must obey God. Obeying God is doing what He wants you to do. This takes careful consideration.
Every moment of every day you have choices to make. Those choices are whether to follow God or to follow self and this world. Those choices are to love God or to love self and this world.
If you do not make it your goal to love God, when things get tough you will not love Him first. You have to be very careful and focused to love God with all of your heart, mind and soul.
Take time today to focus on loving God. Seek God and find out where you may not be really loving Him as you should. Learn to love God more and more each day.
As you are very careful to love God, you will learn more of His love for you, which is perfect and never goes wrong.
Are you loving God today?
I pray today that you will know how to love God; that you will seek God daily; that you will obey God in all He says; and that you will know the love God has for you.