I was reading from a familiar passage this morning: Deuteronomy 6. It’s a great passage. Love God with all you have (v. 5). Commit to God’s commands (v. 6). Share them with others (v. 7). Develop ways to remember them (v. 8-9). Good stuff, right?

It was something later that caught my eye. In verse 20, God warns us of a question we will have to answer. And you know what? I’ve heard this question. Here it is:

“In the future your children will ask you, ‘What is the meaning of these laws, decrees, and regulations that the Lord our God has commanded us to obey?'”

So, what do you tell someone who asks (or complains) about the expectations that God has for them? The good news is that this passage answers that for us. Are you ready to learn?

Tell them about God’s work in salvation (v. 21) and all the amazing and miraculous things He has done (v. 22). Then, remind them that God commands us to obey “so He can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as He has done to this day” (v. 24).

If people aren’t impressed with what God has done in the past, let them know that it also affects what God will do in their lives in the future.

God, thanks for what You have done for us. Please help us to seek You and live how You desire us to live all of our days. We want to be counted as righteous (v. 25). Amen.