“The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love Him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.” (30:6)
The LORD is our Maker. He knows fencing us in with rules doesn’t work. He knows Israel will fail. He knows our hearts are stubborn and bent on rebellion. His plan was always to change us at our core: “To circumcise our hearts”. The mark of the covenant wouldn’t always be birthrights and blood lines, but obedience motivated by love and thankfulness.
The book comes to its apex here:
“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach… No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” (30:11-16)
“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.” (30:19-20)
The creator of life is asking us to live. We can be so bent on self depreciation and destruction. He knows our tendency to implode and explode.
As I read this, I can feel His hands on my shoulders as he bends to look intently into my eyes. “Please, my love, trust me and follow me.”
What does it mean for us to choose life today? With all these laws and commands swirling around in my recent memory bank, I consider these points:
The LORD loves justice, reconciliation and amends. He hates dishonest scales, making more or less of offenses than what’s true. Choosing life means keeping short accounts, forgiving and mending broken relationships. Is there a dishonest scale in my heart? Is there someone I’m refusing to forgive even if my sin outweighs theirs?
The LORD teaches hygiene and preventative health care. Am I making healthy choices for myself and the people around me by keeping my body and environment clean?
The LORD prioritized relationships. How can I put people before projects today?
Let’s honor our Maker by honoring each other. His heart is to care for us, so let’s join Him in this beautiful labor of love. Take time to adore Him.