Archive for December 18th, 2014

Deuteronomy 30

Deuteronomy 30 has Moses driving home the importance of obedience to His people.  He points out the reality that we have a choice – we choose whether we will obey or not – and that choice results in blessing or curse.  If we “return to the Lord your God….then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you”.  It is a simple if/then proposition.  Obedience brings blessing.  Disobedience brings a curse.

God wants to help us on this journey.  If we will only obey, “the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live”.  It is God’s desire to walk in harmony with us.  He wants us to receive His blessing, and that plan He has for us is not merely to get by.  His promise is clear.  “The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous….when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul”.

So what’s the secret?  It is God’s Word.  “The word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it”.  God has given us the roadmap to obedience. It is in His Book – the Bible.  We can do this.  It isn’t natural or easy, but it certainly isn’t impossible if we truly desire to walk in obedience.  We can choose to walk with Him.  It is a moment by moment and day by day decision.  Salvation comes with our choice to make Jesus our Savior based on His death, burial and resurrection on the Cross.  Lordship is something we choose continually from that point forward.

Moses wraps up the chapter by showing the two very black and white options:

  1. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you”
  2. “if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish”.

It really is that simple.  We choose to obey, or to turn away.  The first yields an awesome and blessed relationship with God the Father.  The second yields a curse that leads us to perish.  Moses summarizes the right choice this way: “Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days”.

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