“Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day …
They are not just idle words for you–
they are your life”
Moses addressed the Israelites a final time just before he died. He passed on to them God’s instructions, and ended with these words. Their challenge and warning is still valid to us today as we read Scripture and look into the teachings of God through His Son and through the apostles as well.
Our God does not use words lightly and without real meaning and significance. In fact He expects His words to be heard and to have a life-changing effect. This is what He said through the prophet Isaiah,
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Jesus put it as strongly, but in a more personal way, when He said,
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)
And the greatest of the kings, David, wrote,
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105)
Notice that the emphasis is not on God’s words as a litany of life-spoiling ‘donts’ but rather on life-feeding and life-enhancing aids. Walking in God’s ways brings God’s blessings – and very clearly in a way that the world cannot give. Walking in the ways of the world not only avoids His blessings but is a rejection. Walking in response to God’s directions affirms and honours Him, whilst deepening our relationship.
We should check ourselves against God’s commandments and teachings – are they foundational to our lives and living?
Lord God, please help me to give to Your words the honour and obedience that they deserve, for Your Name’s sake. Amen.