Not Too Difficult (Deuteronomy 30:11-14)

“You all know this material. This next midterm will not be a challenge. It will all be a review.”

Right! I’ve heard these lines before. My college professor was attempting to reassure our class that there would be no surprises on the examination. However, I was wary. I heard these types of statements before and was completely burned. After my initial experience, I surmised that some professors have a malevolent streak, and was hesitant to trust them. 

What if God told you, “It is not too difficult!” Would you believe Him? Why should you when you didn’t even believe your professor? Thousands of years ago, God said the same thing to the Israelites. 

This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, 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. 

Deuteronomy 30:11-14 (NLT)

As the Israelites prepared to enter the promised land of Canaan, God encouraged them through His prophet Moses and told them His commandments would not be too difficult or unreasonable to follow. All He asked was to trust Him and His promises. Unfortunately, like the experience with my professor, the Israelites did not trust their Creator and thought they knew better. The result was an earthly kingdom that never achieved the promises that God intended. The kingdom of Israel was to be an example for the entire world, Jew and Gentile alike, to come to God.  Instead, the Israelites squandered and rejected the promises of God and eventually had their entire kingdom conquered by foreign empires. 

It is not too difficult!

If God tells us this, believe Him! He desires to bless us exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we could ever ask or think!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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