“No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.” vs. 14
The people of Israel were told by Moses that there was a correlation between their prosperity and their obedience to the law. What’s amazing about his instruction is that he believed that the word of the law had been written in their mouths and hearts. They didn’t need to go to some external law code…they didn’t even need the Ten Commandments. Everything they needed for a God-pleasing life was already present…it had been planted in them by the Spirit of God in creation! This isn’t an invitation for us to simply follow our passions and desires as we live…nor is it a matter of doing as we please in every situation. What Moses had in mind was far deeper than that. We have come to know that Word which clings so closely and that dwells in our inner being as nothing other than the presence of the Christ, the Divine Presence that inhabits the hearts of every creature and that found full expression in the person of Jesus. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, that Word is often obscured and hidden. We lose touch with our inner goodness and get caught up in the cares of the world. But then one day the Spirit blows anew, forgiveness overpowers sin, and we’re set free to let our light shine…and the love of God abounds for all to see!
Thought for the Day: How do I get in touch with the internal Word?