Vol.VII No.X Pg.1
December 1970

God - Orientated

Robert F. Turner

And these words, which I command thee this day. shall he upon thy heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand. and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.

These words are preceded by the basic factor that makes them more than mere commands. They are justified, and readily accepted in the lives of people who love Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deut. 6:4-9 They are hallmarks of a God-orientated people.

Make a survey of one day in your life — and choose the day when you will likely think most of God. Now, ask yourself if your life revolves about God — if you are much conscious of His presence; and that in Him you live, move, and have being. (Acts 17)

IF you thanked Him for your food, did you really recognize Him as the provider, and sincerely thank Him; or did you just say Grace from habit? Were you aware of His presence as you moved through the day? Did you consider His will as you made important decisions? (Jas. 4:13-17)

A well-balanced Bible student does not rush emotionally to some idea of direct Spirit endowment; seeking subjectively to experience a closeness to God. Neither must one remove ones daily life and needs from prayer, by a pseudo- spiritualization of all God says on this subject. The truth of the matter is that when we become truly God -orientated - living as in His presence (Heb. 4:12-13) —when God is real to us. and we love Him with all our heart. soul, and might — we can not help but think of Him through the day. and deal Him in to life.

When our lives are measured by the God-orientated life of the Israelites (as taught in the opening text) we see how shallow, how incomplete, how utterly we have failed to measure up to this Old Testament standard. How can we boast of the superiority of our New Testament lives?

Are we rich in all but the things that really count? (Rev. 3:17-18)