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Deuteronomy 6:17-19

 

You must diligently obey the commands of the Lord your God-all the laws and decrees he has given you.

Do what is right and good in the Lord's sight, so all will go well with you.

Then you will enter and occupy the good land that the Lord swore to give your ancestors.

You will drive out all the enemies living in the land, just as the Lord said you would. 

 

Whether today's church wants to admit it or not, the Old Testament has much wisdom for our modern-day lives.  By the shear amount of quotations or citations of Deuteronomy in the New Testament, we would determine that Deuteronomy was one of the most significant books of the Old Testament.  In  most Christian circles, it is widely accepted that Moses wrote Deuteronomy.  Moses delivers three farewell addresses in Deuteronomy.  In our Scripture today, Moses is telling the Israelites what they must do to obey the "Great Commandment."  Notice the word "diligent."  Moses wants to warn his people that they must be "on their game" every day.  I get tickled, after major sporting events, when highly-paid athletes are interviewed by the media.  Their response to the question of why their team lost today is often, "I just didn't have what it takes today."  Really?  What does it take for you to "have it" when you are being paid hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars?  Moses gives the same response to the Israelites.  Everyday they must be diligent and prepared.  Moses continues by telling the Israelites that they can not "cherry pick" which laws they wish to obey.  They must obey all of them, every day.  That is the only way that things will "go well" for them.  Moses finishes by imploring the Israelites to enter and occupy the land that God promised their ancestors.  Remember, this is in response to the fact that the Israelites refused to enter the land of Canaan.  As a result of their disobedience, they ended up wandering in the desert.  If they had only done what God commanded, they would have driven their enemies out of the promised land.  Wow!  Are you ready?  Here we go with the big finish!  Today and every day, love the Lord your God.  Obey His commandments and all of His law.  Be diligent in all you do and "bring it" every day for God.  When God tells you to "GO," say "YES."  Don't refuse, even when the odds seem impossible.  God is on your side and if He sends you, He will remove your enemies.  What happens if you don't do this?  You will wander around in the desert for a very long time.  You may feel like that is exactly where you are right now.  If that is true, review your circumstances and decide where you said "NO" to God instead of saying "YES" and fix it right now!  For me, it was ignoring God's call on my life to enter full-time ministry.  Once I said "YES" to that, my "wilderness experience" ended.  That is not to say your life will be easy.  It will probably get harder.  The difference is that you will not "hear the voice crying in the wilderness" as you will be standing next to Jesus, the greatest "People Whisperer" of all time!