Love Comes First

Be very careful to love the Lord your God.  Joshua 23:11

As the aging Joshua gave his farewell address to the Israelites, he reminded them of everything God had done for them.  The appropriate response to God's faithfulness, Joshua said, was to "be very careful" to love Him.  It is an act of will, an intentional response to who He is.  But have you ever thought about what it really means to love God?

So how do we love God?  We lie at His feet and tell Him we are His.  We seek to honor Him in all we do.  We want to be like Him.  We crave His fellowship.  We pray His desires.  We are consumed with, obsessed with, and filled with His ways, His works, and His will.  The theology, the works, and the feelings will come.  They are good - but only after the devotion.  Love always comes first.