It's Too Complicated

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Have you ever heard someone teach on 12 steps to spiritual breakthrough to overcome sin and satan in your life? And some of those several steps can only be effectively applied if you know the true original meaning of the name Jebusites. And only if you’re fully aware of the kind of armor that the Hittites wore in battle. And you really can’t be victorious unless you pay for this online course, can read Greek, understand ancient Hebrew, have a prayer cloth anointed by a famous evangelist, and all the stars align correctly.

Does that sound like a recipe for a breakthrough or does it sound nearly impossible? Sometimes I come across a verse that reminds me of how simple God makes it. Read Deuteronomy 30:11-14 and tell me if you think it’s too complicated.

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. Deuteronomy 30:11-14 ESV

Does that seem too complicated? When I read this passage of scripture, I feel like God is addressing a victim mentality. He deals with our mindset right up front, with the tendency to say it’s so hard, the answer is so far away. But in this passage, God tells His people, the word is near you. It is in your very mouth and heart.

I'm not saying there are not very complex issues in our lives, but at the end of the day God makes it simple for us to obey. It does not mean that it’s easy; it just means that it’s not overly complicated. Whatever He commands us to do, He will give us the grace to accomplish.

You and I are not victims because we can’t figure out complicated issues. Most of what we deal with every day of our lives comes down to the issue of "trust and obey.” God is a good, loving Father. He doesn’t make it too complicated, and He can be trusted. A God like that can and should be obeyed.