Deuteronomy 30

Deuteronomy 30 is a chapter where we learn how to stay connected to God.  He begins by telling us what to do if we get separated from Him.  In a simple word, we need to come back.  He will be there with open arms.  I love what scripture says: “No matter how far away you end up, God….will get you out of there and bring you back”.  He loves us and never forgets us and will always welcome us back if we only repent and return.  We don’t have to be perfect and have it all together – we just need to come back.  Have you slipped away from God a bit?  I get a lot of emails from people who do – they drift away from their relationship with God and turn to thigns of the world and find very soon just how empty and lonely that leaves them.  God wants a deep relationship with us.  He wants to bless us indeed.  He is waiting for us to return with open arms.

But there is a catch.  The blessings continue to flow if we really focus on the relationship.  Check out what He says: “But only if you listen obediently to God….and keep the commandments and regulations”.  We are blessed when we obey.  It is consistent and constant in His Word.  We have to do it.  But it goes further here to tell us “nothing halfhearted here; you must return to God…totally, heart and soul, holding nothing back”.  Our relationship with God has to be all in.  It has to be 100% – no partial stuff.  He expects all of us all the time.  The message version puts it the way Nike does and in verse 14 says “Just do it!”.  That is to be our attitude – we need to just obey Him.  There really isn’t any deliberation we need to have.  We don’t really need to ponder whether we should obey.  It is clear that is the expectation and we need to just do it.  All day every day.  And if we do – if we “keep his commandments, regulations and rules” – then scripture tells us we will “really live, live exuberantly, blessed by God”.  Want to have a full life – be obedient to God and His commands.  Want to experience all you can each day – be obedient.  Jesus told us that He came that we may have life, and live it fully.  We can folks.  We can experience life so full that we won’t really know how to handle it all but for God’s grace.  But it all starts with our heart and our willingness to walk in obedience.  Are you living that way?  Are you walking in obedience to Him?

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