It was simply because the LORD loves you, and because he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the LORD rescued you with such amazing power from your slavery under Pharaoh in Egypt.
Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and constantly loves those who love him and obey his commands.
Duet 7:7-9 NLT
As many of you know, in January instead of making any kind of resolutions for the year, I ask God to give me a verse that we can "work" on for the year. The above verses are what God has clearly given me. So now I will dig into the verse and break it apart to understand it's full meaning. Often what happens is that God takes this verse and begins to use it throughout the year, and I will come back to it often as a reminder of what He is doing, or why etc...
Just a quick look at this verse makes me excited because I see so many wonderful things in it like God's love for me, His faithfulness, and being a God who keeps His covenants. But this verse is in the middle of God telling His people that they need to purge themselves of idols, and keep themselves away from evil.
So I do not know what this year will bring. I can only imagine that it might have something to do with addressing the idols I have that still have not been purged. Maybe it will be a year of coming to a fuller understanding of God's love, His faithfulness in keeping His covenants. Honestly I do not know, it could be something I have not fully seen yet because God is not ready to show me.
This is what I do know. This year I will pursue the heart of God. I will continue praying to know and understand His heart and love for those around me. I will pray that I continue learning to die to self. I will pray that God would search me and see if there be any wickedness in me and then I pray that in obedience I would allow Him to rid it from me.
This year I will continue on a year that will not be easy but will be most rewarding. I will continue on a path that at times can seem dark and lonely and at other times be most beautiful. I pray in confidence, for I know that God desires me to walk toward holiness and righteousness, that He will continue to finish the work He began in me long ago.
So it will a year committed to my God whatever may come.