Watch Yourselves Closely

Watch Yourselves Closely

But take care and watch yourselves closely…”  Deut. 4:9

Yesterday, while driving in the car, I decided to listen to the House Intelligence Committee’s open hearing. It was being held to discuss Russian influence on U.S. politics and other surveillance accusations. Depending on how you chose to view this hearing, it was either completely maddening or absolutely fascinating.

My immediate reaction leaned towards the maddening end of the spectrum. FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency director Admiral Michael Rogers opened with a bold statement that determined the boundaries. They affirmed there was an ongoing investigation into Russian influence on the election. They also clearly stated they would not offer any details regarding it. This did not stop members of Congress. They spent the next several hours asking for details. I found myself yelling at the radio, “They are not going to answer that question, so why ask it?”

What was taking place was a political format for investigation steeped in an age old process of governance. This process involves a great deal of repetition. Questions are asked, not so much to be answered, but to be on the record as being asked. The boundaries need to be continually re-established to provide assurance they will not be crossed. Opinions are expressed. Each one curbed by the same response. This repetition reminds Congress, this is not a realm for opinions. These things will be determined by established laws.

This process came to mind as I read Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is a difficult book to read due to its repetition. Several times, I have read the book in its entirety, each time I need assistance to stay awake. The repetition puts me to sleep. Still, this book provides a wonderful reminder. Take care not to forget the intimacy of your God. Watch yourselves so you do not forget the life which flows from God’s laws and ordinances.

These ordinances and laws will change. They will be altered as our relationship with God becomes more intimate. The fullness of these ancient laws get expressed in Jesus commanding us to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. (Mk 12: 30-31) We need to take care and watch ourselves closely to remember the laws needed for a healthy life. This reality is unfolding in front of us on a national scale.

Click to read: Deuteronomy 4: 5-9

Reflection Question:

  • What “laws” do you follow to help your personal relationships be healthy?
  • How often do you repeat these “laws” to remind yourself and/or others?
  • How would you define God’s laws?
  • Where does your life find guidance from this understanding of God’s laws?

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