“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” – John 8:12
The Lord calls us to love and establish his law, to meditate on it day and night and do all it commands, even calling this the entire duty of man. Why has the Lord called us to observe and follow his law when he so freely gives us mercy and grace? God desires to have intimacy with mankind and created us to have intimacy with him. Before intimacy can be established, however, mankind must be able to discern and understand the characteristics and nature of God. The law is the manifestation of our Lord, and all that is in the law directs our paths to his love.
The law, therefore, is God’s manifested love for us. As a tree grows strong when planted by a river, so do we grow strong when we delight in the law of the Lord. The law of the Lord is a light unto our paths, providing life, revealing truth, and is the way to delight in the Lord. Whoever delights in God will find the blessings he has for them. Scripture tells us that if we seek God first, he will give us the desires of our heart, straighten our paths, and uphold us with his righteous right hand.
By delighting in God’s perfect law, we delight in the perfect nature of God. We face troubles every day where we need to rely on God to show up and fight on our behalf. Keeping our minds on the Lord, trouble shall never prevail over God’s will for our lives. Let us always turn to God in a time of need and declare the truth of God’s law into our lives. In God’s law, we will find wisdom, perseverance, faith, and strength to fight the battles that lie ahead.
Lord, may we follow you wholeheartedly and delight ourselves in who you are this Advent.
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