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May 19, 2017

Doors of Decision: Part 4

“This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach. It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.” Deut. 30:11-14 (NLT)

Moses’ final words to Israel were a matter of life and death. He had led them faithfully for over 40 years through the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt. He knew he was dying, and he wanted this new generation to make it into the promised land of blessing. This was a deciding moment. In Deuteronomy 30, Moses confronts them with four choices that would enable them to experience the blessing God had for them.  They are as critical for us today.

  1. MAKE THE CHOICE TO LET GOD LOVE YOU WHEN YOU FEEL UNLOVABLE.

  2. MAKE THE CHOICE TO LET GOD HEAL YOU WHEN YOU’RE HURTING.

  3. MAKE THE CHOICE TO FOLLOW GOD INSTEAD OF YOUR FEELINGS.

  4. MAKE THE CHOICE TO SPEAK AND ACT IN FAITH EVEN WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE IT.

In this fourth and final choice, Moses was telling the nation that God’s will for them wasn’t something He was trying to hide. He said it was not too difficult for them to understand, nor was it beyond their reach.

“No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.” Deut. 30:14 (NLT)

The same is true for you and me. Every day, we face doors of decision. We have to choose which door to enter. Those choices can mean the difference between life and death. If we want to make divine choices in the critical moments, we must choose to speak and act in faith even when we can’t see it. This is the mystery of faith. It is what makes the Christian life such an adventure! Our trouble is that we want to see how it will all work out ahead of time and, then, decide to act in faith. We say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” but faith says, You’ll see it when you believe it!  We dream of a life of blessing and purpose and say, “I would if I could,” but God says, “You could if you would.” Make the choice to speak and act in faith even when you can’t see it. The writer of Hebrews said,

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Begin speaking words of faith thanking God in advance for all that He has designed for you.

“For the LORD is your life…” Deut. 30:20c (NIV)

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You are my life! I choose to let You love me when I feel unlovable. I choose to let You heal me when I’m hurting. I choose to follow You instead of my feelings and I choose to speak and act in faith even when I can’t see it. You are God and nothing is too difficult for You!