For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off.      Deuteronomy 30:11

The Christian life is not difficult. The same Christ who lived a perfect, obedient, and sinless life stands prepared to live it again through you (Gal. 2:20). God’s will is not hard to discern. He has given us the Scriptures, which reveal His will, and He has placed His Holy Spirit within us to guide us to His perfect will in every situation (John 16:13). Our greatest challenge will be to wholly commit our lives to follow God’s will obediently as He reveals it.

Moses gathered the Israelites around Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim before they were to enter the Promised Land. There, God described what they had to do in order to obey Him. God gave detailed instructions so there was no mistaking what was expected of them. Then God asked them to make a choice. If they chose to disobey His commands, they would face His wrath. If they chose to obey, they would receive His blessing.

God’s Word comes to you in the same way. It is not too complex to understand. You don’t have to struggle to discern God’s will about adultery or forgiveness or honesty. God’s word is perfectly clear. The question is, how will you respond? Nowhere in Scripture did God excuse disobedience because His instructions were too vague or complex. Condemnation came because they knew exactly what God wanted them to do, yet they chose not to do it! God, through His Holy Spirit, will always give you sufficient revelation and strength to take the next step with Him. If you are uncertain about what God is asking of you, make sure that you are obeying all that you do know, and through your obedience, God’s next instruction will become clear.

  1. September 29

    The .more I stop and surrender my life to God the more t find His ways and weight is light and refreshing. I have been living as a good person not a godly one! This study is so on point! It is so simple to chose to please God and live as it is to not and have a life lost of salvation! Learning each day from my sinful and ungodly past!

  2. September 29

    This year I have been greatly enjoying the limited-edition devotion book form that was passed along to me, as well as the on-line format. Thank you.

    Regarding today’s devotional: Moses was speaking to Israel in the land of Moab as they were camped and waiting for God’s timing to enter the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 29:1). Moses charged the people to gather at Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal (Deuteronomy 27:11-14), which are located in the Promised Land on either side of Shechem, a little more than 25 miles north-northwest from Jericho and Ai. Moses did not cross the Jordan River with Israel. Joshua would lead Israel into the Promised Land. After winning battles at Jericho and Ai, Joshua led the people to the carry out what Moses charged them to do (Joshua 8:30-35). Joshua followed the instructions of Moses regarding building an altar and having people stand on both mountains to declare with a loud voice the blessings and the curses (Deuteronomy 27:4-28:19ff).

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