I Am To Love The Lord My God With All My What?
I was meditating aka thinking on the words to the Sh’ma yesterday and I shared with a friend that there is a particular part that I always reflect on when saying, reading or even thinking about this prayer. FYI- Hashem means ‘The Name” in Hebrew which is the ineffable name of God. It’s Deutoronomy 6:5. You can also read it in the Complete Jewish Bible. The part I’m talking about is when it says:
וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ׃
You shall love Hashem, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your resources.
With all your resources?Yes, that’s right that is what the translation from the Hebrew says and I remember when I first read that verse in the Hebrew translation in a Tanakh(which is the Torah, Prophets and the Writings) often referred to by Christians as the Old Testament, I began to think…not just loving God with all of my heart, or with all of my soul but also with all of my resources!
Just stop and think for just a second. What are your resources? Click the link for Webster’s definition of resource but when I think of a resource, in addition to my strength whether it’s spiritual, physical, mental, or emotional. I think of what God has given us that we have access to. Not just spiritually but in the natural. Just think, when you offer back to God what He has given you in the natural out of a thankful, freely giving heart it’s an astounding moment when you come to realize that he makes it even better! He makes it SUPERnatural! Above what it could have naturally been to you at face value. Even more so, it humbles me greatly to see Him do all of this out of His loving grace especially when we’ve done nothing to deserve it! This means our relationships with Jesus as our Messiah, our family, friends, (if you’re married) your spouse, coworkers, business partners, your finances, your material possessions, your spiritual talents/giftings, your words, your thoughts, your dreams and visions for your life are all resources. Have you ever offered all of these things to Him? If not, what would cause you to hesitate or keep from doing it at this time in your life? When I personally think about all of this, it gives this verse such a deeper meaning than just to say ‘with all my strength’. It gives it a richness and broadens my perspective of what I can offer back to God that He has given me in addition to my strength. Wow!
Won’t you be an offering to God, you and all that you have access to? He makes it even better than what it was before or He gives us something better than what we had in His timing, of course. Most of the time, we don’t offer it to Him because a) it didn’t cross our minds or b)we are afraid we might not get it back but this is where taking a step of faith and trusting Him come into play. After all, God does indeed know it all! Just a thought to ponder.
On that note, I came across a poem today by Martha Snell Nicholson called “Treasures” which fits right in so read on:
One by one He took them from me,
All the things I valued most,
Until I was empty-handed;
Every glittering toy was lost.
And I walked earth’s highways, grieving,
In my rags and poverty.
Till I heard His voice inviting,
“Lift those empty hands to Me!”
So I held my hands towards Heaven,
And He filled them with a store
Of His own transcendent riches
Till they could contain no more.
And at last I comprehended
With my stupid mind and dull,
That God COULD not pour His riches
Into hands already full!
Offering Up My Resources to Him Again,
Your Friend Mel :)