Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
Deuteronomy 30:11-14 (MSG)
This commandment that I’m commanding you today isn’t too much for you, it’s not out of your reach. It’s not on a high mountain—you don’t have to get mountaineers to climb the peak and bring it down to your level and explain it before you can live it. And it’s not across the ocean—you don’t have to send sailors out to get it, bring it back, and then explain it before you can live it. No. The word is right here and now—as near as the tongue in your mouth, as near as the heart in your chest. Just do it!
“For this commandment which I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. It is not [a secret hidden] in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and obey it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and obey it?’ But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may obey it.” – AMPLIFIED
Moses informs the people that what God is asking of them is not something they cannot do or attain; it is something within their grasp and they CAN do it. “After all, what I’m commanding you today isn’t too difficult for you; it’s not out of reach.” -Deuteronomy 30:11 (VOICE)
God never asks us to do the impossible; that is His job. He asks us to do what we are quite capable of doing; utilizing His strength. Paul reminded the Philippians of this, “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” -Philippians 4:13 (AMP)
This may involve us stretching ourselves a bit, but He has promised to equip us for anything that He calls us to do. Once again we find Paul admonishing, this time to Timothy, with these words. “All of Scripture is God-breathed; in its inspired voice, we hear useful teaching, rebuke, correction, instruction, and training for a life that is right so that God’s people may be up to the task ahead and have all they need to accomplish every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17 (VOICE)
Moses tells the children of Israel that they do not need to go to extreme measures to understand and obey the WORD. There were to be no excuses for not obeying. “It’s not up in the sky, so you don’t have to say, “Who will go up into heaven and get it for us and tell us what it is, so we can obey it?” It’s not across the sea, so you don’t have to say, “Who will go beyond the watery abyss and get it for us and tell us what it is, so we can obey it?” -Deuteronomy 30:12-13 (VOICE)
We find Moses telling the people that the WORD was indeed very close to them. “No, the words you need to be faithful to the Eternal are very close to you. They are in your mouth (always talk about these laws, as I’ve commanded you) and in your heart (treasure them there).” -Deuteronomy 30:14 (VOICE)
Once again we turn to Paul who reiterated these words from Moses and who reminds us of this truth; “But the righteousness based on faith [which produces a right relationship with Him] says the following: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into Heaven?’ that is, to bring Christ down; or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ that is, to bring Christ up from the dead [as if we had to be saved by our own efforts, doing the impossible].” But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word [the message, the basis] of faith which we preach…” -Romans 10:6-8 (AMP)
We need to have that “I CAN” attitude; for we can do all things through the strength and power of the Lord our God. Remember, if God has called you to do something great for Him He will equip you. You have no excuses; just do it!
“Now may the God of peace [the source of serenity and spiritual well-being] who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood that sealed and ratified the eternal covenant, equip you with every good thing to carry out His will and strengthen you [making you complete and perfect as you ought to be], accomplishing in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21 (AMP)
Lord, I give no more excuses. Your WORD is in my mouth and my heart, let it come out as you have intended it to do. I choose to be obedient to you. When you instruct me to open my mouth or go and do you will equip me. I will trust that you will carry out your part; so I will obediently do mine. Give me that “I CAN ” attitude. You and I together are a majority and we can get whatever you have called me to do done. I will trust You, Lord.