“Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you – they are your life” (Deut 32:46-47a). Moses said these words after reviewing the law, after explaining how they will be blessed or cursed if they keep the covenant they are making, and after teaching them a prophetic song (Deut 31:19-22) of sorts which reveals how the Israelites will not always keep God’s Word.
God’s Word is not mythical stories, interesting literature or fanciful wishes. God’s Word is our life! This declaration by Moses reminds us of Jesus’ response to the tempter in the wilderness. The tempter said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread. Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'” (Matt 4:3-4).
Yes, the words of God are life to us! We must consume them, take them to heart and obey them. I love what Moses said in Deuteronomy 30:11-14. He said, “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. … No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” “Lord Jesus, forgive me for making excuses. Forgive me for neglecting Your Word, disregarding Your Word, and for disobeying Your Word. Open my eyes and help me see that life rests in Your Word. Let my obedience change my life course and give You glory.”