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Deuteronomy 30

December 1, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

“The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.” v.10
God delights in us when we obey his commands. Just like we delight in our kids when they obey. So what about when we don’t listen to God’s commands . . . does he throw us to the curb? The answer is no. When my son doesn’t obey me, I have to correct him. I don’t delight in his misbehavior, in fact, it make me angry that he isn’t listening. Do I love him less in these times . . . NO. I still love him very much but I have to discipline his bad behavior so it doesn’t lead to more bad behavior. God does the same with us, I am thankful that He is a patient God, aren’t you!!!

“‘Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.
But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.
Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This[b] is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.'” v.15-20

Moses challenged Isreal to choose life, to obey God, and therefore to continue to experience his blessings. God doesn’t force his will on anyone. He lets us decide whether to follow him or reject him. This decision, however, is a life-or-death matter. God wants us to realize this, for he would like us all to choose life. Daily, in each new situation, we must affirm and reinforce this commitment.

Taken from the NLT Life Application Study Bible

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