February 20, 2022 . . . .
I was watching an episode of Andy Griffith the other day. It was the one where Opie wasn’t very excited about having to read Romeo and Juliet. He told Andy that he just didn’t understand it. Andy explained to him in terms he could understand. He said a boy and a girl from different parts of town fell in love but their families didn’t like one another at all, so a big fuss broke out. Opie said “well, why didn’t my teacher explain it that way”? I wonder if we are like Opie’s teacher when it comes to spiritual matters. I wonder if we make things harder than they need to be. Here is what I mean. When the Israelites were preparing to enter the promised land, God told them in Deuteronomy 30:19-20, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, love the LORD your God, obey him, and remain faithful to him. For he is your life, and he will prolong your days as you live in the land the LORD swore to give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” It was actually pretty simple. Obey and enjoy God’s blessings or disobey and receive God’s punishment. That’s pretty easy to understand, isn’t it? We have the same choice to make several centuries later. Obey and live, disobey and die. The trouble is, we want to add a bunch of “yeah-but’s” or “what about this or that” to a clear word from God. We have God’s Word. In it are the “wonderful words of life”. As I read through these verses this week, I realized I needed to be reminded that it really is that simple. Maybe you need to be reminded too. It really is, obey or disobey. I pray we would all “choose life so we might live”.
Be blessed and be a blessing . . . Bro. Andy