About 1/4 mile down our country road, there’s a pasture full of cows. Only thing is, they like to graze and lie down in the pasture’s furthest corner. So when my No. 2 grandboy and I try to see them, they are often chewing their cuds out of sight of said boy. Boo. He’s so disappointed. So am I.
I love to hear his excited laugh when he sees cows. He’s infatuated with cows. They make him smile huge – and he will even yell out his joy! I would love to see those cows everyday.
I guess I don’t have to have a cow-sighting, but it sure is fun.
But God doesn’t need cows.
At least that is what I read in the Bible. “I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.” Psalm 50:9-12
I don’t know what made me think of cows when I got ready to write this post, except I have read and re-read this passage a lot lately. I see so much in it and every time I read it I see something new. I’m fascinated God says he wouldn’t even mention he was hungry to us. That’s funny to me. Because we talk about food and being hungry a lot in the South.
Not that most of us are ever really hungry. Because we don’t just talk about food. Obviously.
I think God’s point is this: “You don’t have anything I need. So don’t think I will ever ask you for anything.”
Except for this. One. Thing.
“And now…. what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart…” Deuteronomy 10:12.
God doesn’t need or want our cows.
But he does want our heart.
with all your heart
Jesus said to him, “‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Matthew 22:37 – 40)
Giving Jesus your heart is the key to everything in life. Nothing else matters unless He is the center of it.
Life has no meaning. Purpose. Reason. Vision. Goals. Intentions. Decisions. Dreams. Values. Without Him in it.
God doesn’t want your livestock, your pasture, your fields, your grain or corn, your home, your money, your car, your things.
But He does want your heart.
For your own life’s sake –
won’t you give it to Him today?