Yesterday we looked at God’s promises of blessings and curses, rewards and consequences, for the choices that the Israelites made. We also saw that God enacted those consequences exactly as described hundreds of years later with the Babylonian captivity.
Today’s passage in Deuteronomy provides some hope that even after God punishes, he restores.
In historical context, we once again see God doing just what he promised. (See books like Ezra and Nehemiah).
God’s response to us is really no different. His word is clear on what he expects of us, and the consequences we reap can be crushing. But if we return to him, he will always restore us. Always.
Make good choices
From the middle of chapter 30 on, we see God literally pleading with his people to choose his ways. He lays it all out, and reminds them that he’s not asking them for anything too hard, saying,
“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.”
Then he reminds them of the promised rewards or consequences they will face and gives them a bit of an ultimatum and a plea,
“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. 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. For the LORD is your life”
Our sin hurts us. But it doesn’t just hurt us, it grieves God. His pleading with us to choose his path is not only because he knows that it’s ultimately the best for us. He’s also pleading with us to choose him. He loves us that much.
If you’ve found yourself suffering the consequences of bad choices, restoration is possible. It is usually a long path, but worth every step. Here’s a resource that you might find helpful https://thesparrowshome.com/caught-in-sin-restoration-possible/
Today’s Bible passage can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+30-31&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be the final chapters of the first 5 Books of Law – Deuteronomy 32-34 and then also Psalm 91 as we continue the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan