Deuteronomy 30 is an amazing and eye opening chapter of the Bible. I recommend that yoou read it for yourself.
Chapter 30 closes out chapters 27-29 where Moses explains the laws of Blessings and Curses. These laws are not only rules to live by, but rules of nature (like gravity). If you do this……that happens. If you jump off a building….you fall. If you love and obey God, you live and are blessed. Simple.
Verses 1-10 tell us if we return to the LORD, He will bring blessings back into our lives and make us even more prosperous than our ancestors (v.5b). I love the part that says that He will change our hearts and those of our children so that we will love Him with all our hearts and we will LIVE (v.6).
God delights in being good to us. He delights in those who obey his commands, if we love Him with all of our heart and soul (v.9-10). He DELIGHTS in being good to us! How awesome is that!
I often wonder how I can please God. The answer to that is so incredible. All I have to do is love and obey Him…and He will delight in me! He will delight in doing good for me.
God gives us options. He allows us to choose. It is not difficult to understand nor is it hidden from us or too far away to grasp (v. 11-14). We can choose life or death, prosperity or disaster.
Oh, that we would choose life and make the choice to love God with all our hearts and commit firmly to Him. THIS IS THE KEY TO LIFE (v 20b) and we will live long in the land God promises!
Psalm 1 explains the choices perfectly.
Psalm 1 (NLT)
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Great insight and encouragement! I found “delight” in your comments.