Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. Deuteronomy 30:11-14
In Deuteronomy 30:15, God sets out very simplistic choices for His people. He sets before us a choice of life and prosperity or death and destruction. Immediately, He tells us how to have the best choice of the two. Then, like a good Father, very clearly and concisely, tells us the consequences of turning away in disobedience.
Today I am reminded of a story our late pastor often told about disciplining his children in love. He wanted to teach them to stay out of the street. So, he set up a boundary for his children and told them not to cross it. Repeatedly, he told his children the truth that they could get hit by a car possibly resulting in death. His children continued to disregard the boundary, which frustrated and saddened their father.
Finally, a brilliant idea came to mind. He would show them the consequences of disobedience by running into the street. He took a watermelon outside, and when he glimpsed a car coming down the street, he rolled the watermelon across the boundary line and in front of the car. As you can imagine the car squashed the watermelon. The children wide-eyed and a bit overwhelmed caught the lesson. Our pastor gathered his children in his arms and spoke to them of his love for them and his desire that they not become like the watermelon.
Our God is good and in His Fatherly love for us He makes His desire for us very clear. And yet He lets us choose – life or death, blessing or curses. Let’s choose to love the LORD, our God and obey Him. Let’s choose life!
This story is shared in remembrance of my late pastor – Buddy Hoffman. I am grateful he answered God’s call to preach. I’m even more grateful he shared stories that live on as they are passed along like the one I’ve shared here today. We’ll all catch up soon for a cup of coffee and stroll down the streets of New Jerusalem with Jesus leading the tour this time!
I have the honor and privilege of writing weekly devotionals for Daughter of Delight on Instagram. This post with some slight variation was first posted as an original devotional for Daughter of Delight on Instagram – 2/3/2018.
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