Today’s scripture selection: Deuteronomy 10-12
Key verses: Deuteronomy 12:32
“See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.”
Now and then, I think it’s helpful to remember something…
God doesn’t need an editor.
We know that, of course. We know “He wrote the book” – that is The Book. And obviously we can, if we are people of faith (not to mention people of the Book), readily attest to the fact that the Creator of the universe can certainly say what needs to be said when it needs to be said.
Still, it’s easy to do.
It’s easy to fudge a bit when we find what has been said makes us feel uncomfortable.
It’s easy to say, “Well, I know it says that, but we live in a different world; I think what God probably means is…”
And there you go. We have edited God.
Moses, a long time ago, felt compelled to warn the people he led about this temptation.
“…do not add to it or take away from it.”
It was a challenge to do then; sometimes it’s still a challenge to do today.
But the promise of Scripture; God’s promise – is very clear.
We have, in all our smaller choices, a reflection of the one really big choice – to follow God faithfully, where He leads, and not where we want to go – or not.
I am sure some will say that is simplistic and that life is too complicated for such an approach.
But I don’t think so.
I think God means what God says.
That’s why I respectfully stand in awe of judgment.
It’s also why I joyfully and thankfully trust in grace.
Prayer: Lord, I believe you and your Word. Help me to always take it seriously – and faithfully. AMEN.