It’s Not Difficult!
For this commandment which I command you today is
not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. (Deuteronomy 30:1)
The Christian life is not difficult. The same
Christ who lived a perfect, obedient, and sinless life stands prepared to live
it again through you (Gal. 2:20). God’s will is not hard to discern. He has
given us the Scriptures, which reveal His will, and He has placed His Holy
Spirit within us to guide us to His perfect will in every situation (John
16:13). Our greatest challenge will be to wholly commit our lives to follow
God’s will obediently as He reveals it.
Moses gathered the Israelites around Mount Ebal and
Mount Gerizim before they were to enter the Promised Land. There, God described
what they had to do in order to obey Him. God gave detailed instructions so
there was no mistaking what was expected of them. Then God asked them to make a
choice. If they chose to disobey His commands, they would face His wrath. If
they chose to obey, they would receive His blessing.
God’s Word comes to you in the same way. It is not
too complex to understand. You don’t have to struggle to discern God’s will
about adultery or forgiveness or honesty. God’s word is perfectly clear. The
question is, how will you respond? Nowhere in Scripture did God excuse
disobedience because His instructions were too vague or complex. Condemnation
came because they knew exactly what God wanted them to do, yet they chose not
to do it! God, through His Holy Spirit, will always give you sufficient
revelation and strength to take the next step with Him. If you are uncertain
about what God is asking of you, make sure that you are obeying all that you do
know, and through your obedience, God’s next instruction will become clear.