Deuteronomy 30:11-16 ERV; “This command that I give you today is not too hard for you. It is not a secret hidden in some far away land. This command is not in heaven so that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it to us, so that we can hear and do it?’ This command is not on the other side of the sea so that you should say, ‘Who will go across the sea for us and bring it to us, so that we can hear it and do it?’ No, the word is very near to you. It is in your mouth and in your heart. So you can obey it.
“Today I have given you a choice between life and death, success and disaster. I command you today to love the Lord your God. I command you to follow him and to obey his commands, laws, and rules. Then you will live, and your nation will grow larger. And the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take for your own.”
This morning, I’d like to break this down on a much smaller and more personal scale. Instead of seeing this for a nation, I’d like you to see it for you personally. In previous chapters, God is asking us to simply obey Him. If we do what He says, we will participate in the blessings. If we turn our own way and do our own thing, then we place ourselves under a curse. God’s not trying to make it hard for us. He even gave His son, Jesus to pay the ‘once and for all’ sacrifice for our sin.
He did everything He could to make it easy on us. To help us make the right choices in life, but we’re so stubborn. We’ve become like spoiled children, making choices that aren’t good for us with no regard to authority. We want our way regardless of the consequences, than blame God for all the bad that happens because of it. WOW! He clearly made it our choice and showed us what would happen because of our choices. We have no one to blame but the one we see staring back at us in the mirror. We want the good stuff but don’t want to obey Gods word to get it. We’re looking for another way, an easier way than putting our flesh down and doing it Gods way.
Oh Father, how I regret so many things in life. My mind won’t let me forget the wrongs, even when I’ve done a thousand things to counteract it. But that’s not what You said. You said that if I believe in Jesus, I will be saved as well as my family. You said it’s a gift, not something I have to work for. Simple obedience, that’s all you require of me. That obedience brings blessing into my life and the lives of my family. I choose to obey You. It may cost me all I have but I will never come close to the price You paid. It’s in Jesus’ name I trust. Amen