This past Friday, I asked my 7 year old son to clean up his playroom at some point over the weekend. Because the mess had become pretty big, he asked me if I would help him do it, and I said I would. But on Saturday morning, he did the whole job by himself. He wanted to surprise me, and he had a great big smile on his face when he did. It was a wonderful surprise, not only because the room was clean but also because he had done it so willingly, just to show me his love.
I started reading through the Old Testament at the beginning of the year, and as I reach the end of Deuteronomy, I can tell you that there are a LOT of things God asks his people to do...and not to do. And the reason God asks these things is...love.
God loves it when we show our love for him. He does not need us to do specific things; he can do whatever he wants with or without our help. But he loves it when we do what he asks us to do because it shows how much we love him. As Jesus said...
If you love me, obey my commandments...All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. John 14:15, 23
So take time to love God this week by listening to him and doing what he says. Showing your love for him will make you smile...just like my son did when he cleaned up his mess. And, showing your love for him will make God smile, too...just like I did when I received my child's gift.
Read Psalm 119:97-104
How does the writer describe God's commands in this passage?
Based on these descriptions, do you think the writer loves God?
One of the ways the writer of Psalm 119 describes God's commands is "sweeter than honey." So, make something with honey! You can find a favorite recipe containing honey, you can add honey to some hot tea, or you can spread some honey on toast or crackers! Taste, enjoy, and think about the goodness and sweetness of God's commands for us.
Think of one way you can obey God and show your love for him this week; then, make a plan to do it. Remember that obeying your parents is one of God's commands...so, doing something your mom or dad asks you to do is a way to love them AND to love God. But you can also choose something else, and you can always ask a grown-up for help.