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Friday, November 4, 2011

Not out of reach...

Image courtesy of photostock

"For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach."--Deuteronomy 30:11.  Nearing the end of his life, Moses reminds the people that they need to keep all that the Lord has commanded and here in Deuteronomy 30:11. He also makes the point that the commands of God are not too difficult and they are not out of reach.

Not out of reach.  Consider the image above.  I chose it because it shows that two people are reaching out to grab make contact with one another.  The question we need to ask ourselves is are we reaching out to God.  Reaching out to God involves making the choice to obey His commands.  The fact is His commands are not out of our reach.

Not out of reach.  I find it sad that much of the reason some people refuse to come to God through obedience of the gospel is because they think they are incapable of carrying out God's commands. We know God's commands are by no means always easy to carry out but we know from Deuteronomy 30:11 that they are by no means impossible to carry out.  Moses not only tells us that His commands are not out of reach but also that they are not too difficult.

Not out of reach.  Following God's commands involves making a choice.  It involves making the choice to say to ourselves that it might not always be easy, it might require effort on our part but all the same we will choose to obey God's commands.    God is not the kind of God who would give us commands that were impossible to follow.  His commands are not out of reach.

Not out of reach.  So how can we apply this to ourselves?  Well let's take two examples.  In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus tells us that the greatest commandments are to first love God and then to love our neighbor. Both of these involve a choice.  They both take effort.  My encouragement to you this morning is to make that choice.  Make that choice to love God and therefore love your neighbor.  If you want a good definition of what love is consider reading 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.  Remember, these and all the rest of God's commands are not too difficult nor are they out of reach.  

Thanks for reading everyone!


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