Daily Devotional: Day 47
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them into their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:10, KJV).
The new covenant is established through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. Under this new arrangement, God writes his law into the core of your being – heart and mind – when you believe in Christ and get saved. Consequently, your transformation will occur from inside out, and not from the outside. You will no longer attempt to obey God based on an external law written on stone tablet. In the Bible, you’ll find several instances of God’s instructions – including do’s and don’ts – which require your obedience. Because God’s law is already written in your heart, when you come across God’s law in the Bible, it’ll spark your interest and resonate with your spirit. This means your spirit will recognize the law and will not oppose it, because the same law is already in you. This is the basis for being happy to obey God. It’s the reason you don’t feel like a burden is being imposed on you. God’s law is already woven into the inner fabric of your born-again spirit. Therefore, keeping the commandments of God doesn’t come across as burdensome. On the contrary, you’re delighted to obey your Father in heaven (Read the verses of Psalm 119 below).
From this point on, you’re not obeying God to get him to save you, but rather, you’re obeying God because he has saved you by grace through faith, and you’re in love with him. It’s all about love from this point. The Apostle John put it perfectly when he wrote, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). Jesus himself also said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). True love for God inevitably bears the fruit of obedience. If you find yourself making light of God’s commandments or disobeying Jesus, it’s a red flag; repent and turn to God. A truly changed heart will always love the Father. And whoever loves the Father will love his law and keep it. It’s not complicated.
Father, thank you for the blessings of the new covenant. Thank you for writing your law into my heart and my mind. Thank you also for pouring your love into my heart (Romans 5:5). Because you have given me a new heart, I can and I will love and obey your Word. In the Name of Jesus. Amen. (Enjoy Don Moen’s rendition of the song “Trust and Obey”)
For further study: Psalm 119:89-106