For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it? But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
Moses is giving the Israelites the commandments of God before they make their trip into the Promised Land, a trip which Moses will not make.
These verses hold a special meaning for me.
Moses tells the Israelites you need not look to the heavens or the seas for the commandments of God. You don’t need to wait to go anywhere or talk to anyone. You don’t need to wait for anything or anyone to come to you.
As Moses says in verse 14: But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. This is where God resides, in your heart, and this is what Moses is telling the Israelites.
In Deuteronomy 30:10 Moses says:
when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
When you turn to God with all your heart and all your soul you have made the space in your heart for God to reside.
This is what Christ was saying when the Pharisees asked him which of the commandments of God was the most important.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
If we open our heart and truly search for righteousness, all else will fall into place.
I am not saying life will then be without trials and tribulations, but when you set your heart to righteousness and make the space for God to reside in your heart, the answers are there, but it takes work.
But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
We spend a life time searching for God, looking to others, looking in other places, looking for that magical moment when it all comes together. It never happens like that.
The true epiphany doesn’t happen in a moment. It’s the culmination of years of every day opening your heart a little further, making that space a little bigger each day. The heart must keep expanding every day to make more room for God to reside. We must clean house and move aside our worldly desires to make this room.
We must keep making room for the word.
We must keep placing the word in our hearts.
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