“I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Deuteronomy 5:6 NKJV.
Why serve God? Why love Him? Why choose to obey Him? I want to keep why at the forefront of my mind. What comes after it is what most of us know about.
Thou shalt not.
What is so often missed before the ten commandments is the why behind the commands. Actually, the why that comes before the commands.
Why attempt to do anything God commands?
He is the One who brings me out of my Egypt. God brings me out of the things I am bondage to. That anxiety that has plagued me? God is with me and He leads me through it. That persistent depression? God has stayed in the dark with me shinning His light until I came out on the other side. That shame holding me back? God clothes me with honor and calls me His own chosen one.
Every lonely and forgotten moment God has lead me through. Every heart break. And with my sins, as I continue to learn from Him, He reminds me His grace is sufficient.
God is there with me and leading me out of whatever bondage I find myself in. When no one else can handle me, God is there. That is the why before the commands. The why behind why I would even attempt to obey God in whatever ways I do. It is also why I keep trying to follow Him, even when I sin and fail.
I don’t always get it right. A lot of times I get it wrong. But I want to trust God and what He says because He sees me through everything, and continues to take me back time after time. So, I will continue to try and obey Him and trust that His grace is sufficient when I fail, and then try again. And keep trying until God’s grace, in my tries and failures, transforms me.
God saves me from my bondage of fear, shame, and regret so that i can continue to move forward and keep trying. That is the why behind what I do. The why that comes before obedience is ever attempted.
What is your why? Why do you trust God and even attempt to do what He says?