Nestled within these chapters of Deuteronomy, there’s painted a rather disheartening picture of God’s people turning out to be a bunch of playacting hypocrites, making promises they have no intention of keeping, with faith in their Lord God as rare as penny candy today. Just them?
Too often I’ve toyed with my commitment to Jesus, which turned out to be less than skin-deep. Maybe others didn’t notice, but I’m sure some did. Regardless, I’ve gotten an eyeful of myself. Certainly the Lord has. That ‘shivers me timbers’. Makes me weak in the knees. And ashamed.
“…and who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart'” (Deut. 29:19). Big mouths boasting promises which won’t be kept. Feeling safe only going through the motions. In church on Sunday, co-habiting with the devil the rest of the week. Sinning today, glibly repenting tomorrow. Safe and secure from all alarms? You think?
Due to no lack of futile effort on my part, I’ve got to admit that sin offers no shelter at all. None. First off, my conscience kicks in and kicks me in the pants. Then, somehow, the truth gets out. Sin’s thrills turn out to be full of hot air. Fluff. Flighty. Leaving me spiritually flummoxed.
Some answers? Don’t have to go far. Deuteronomy 30:19-20–‘…I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life…loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days…’
There it is! Moment by moment choices of loving, obeying and holding fast to Him. Not that complicated, but rare among God’s people. In my heart as well.
So when sin causes you to fall off your horse, hold Jesus’ outstretched hand, letting Him pull you right back up. Love Him and thank Him. Too much wasted time looking back when He has so much more ahead for us. Giddy-up!
Lord Jesus, help us to live in love, obedience and dependence upon you. Amen.