Week 51 Monday

Closer Than You Think

Today’s scripture selection: Deuteronomy 29-31

Key verse: Deuteronomy 30:11-14

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach….No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”

When Moses reminded his people of all that they had been through; all God had done for them – he also reminded them of something very important.  They could do it.

They could really be the people of God.  They could really follow God’s commandments.  They could, with God’s help, be faithful.  Why?  Because the “word” was “very near” to them – in their mouths and in their hearts.

We aren’t talking about obscure; difficult to understand; impossible to do religious instruction.  We are talking about God telling the people to keep their eyes on Him; listen carefully to Him; and do what He says.  Period.

We human beings complicate things so much.  Sometimes I think we even enjoy making our lives a roller coaster ride full of drama – after all – that’s exciting.  What’s exciting about a quiet walk with God in the garden?

But in that quiet walk; in that intimate conversation – there is life.

Jesus talked about it in terms of walking in the “narrow” way, rather than the “broad” way of destruction.

Others have described it as a walk “in the Spirit.”

But however you imagine it – know this.  It’s close by.  It’s within your reach.  It’s God deepest desire to be in that kind of communion with you.

All you have to do is ask.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your ever present loving word, which is always within my reach.  AMEN.

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