Deuteronomy 4:32-40

Our Bible study this week had a question which I found interesting. Based on the Scripture passage above, how does God show love?

Ask now of the days of old, before your time, ever since God created humankind upon the earth; ask from one end of the sky to the other: Did anything so great ever happen before? Was it ever heard of? 33 Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live? 34 Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders,x by war, with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors, all of which the LORD, your God, did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? 35 All this you were allowed to see that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other. 36 Out of the heavens he let you hear his voice to discipline you; on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard him speaking out of the fire. 37 For love of your ancestors he chose their descendants after them and by his presence and great power led you out of Egypt, 38 dispossessing before you nations greater and mightier than you, so as to bring you in and to give their land to you as a heritage, as it is today. 39  This is why you must now acknowledge, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. 40 And you must keep his statutes and commandments which I command you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever.

This passage came after Moses repeats the Ten Commandments and he reminds the people not to forget them, to follow them and to teach them to their children. The answer I gave to the question is as you would have expected – God chose the Israelites; He protected them; He led them to the Promised Land; He gave them hope; He provided for them; He gave them directions on how to live a good life.

So what does this say to me today? We think that we choose our life path; we choose whom we will marry; we choose where we will live and vacation, what Church to attend, what grocery stores and malls to shop in,  – we think that we are self- directed, and in a sense, we are. Just as we use GPS (global positioning satellite) to direct us on the right route when we are going someplace new, we have another set of directions for our use – the GDR (the God directed route) for our most important travel plan. That plan starts at the moment of our birth and ends when we hopefully arrive at our destination – eternal life with God. Like our GPS, our GDR provides us with the most direct route, the one with the least amount of detours, the route that steers us away from potholes and rough roads, the route which was designed by our Creator to lead us safely home. The question is “are we wise enough to follow the directions our GDR gives to us or will we follow our own paths and suffer the bumps, the detours and the consequences of being on the wrong road?”

I could have saved myself a lot of pain and anguish if I had followed the GDR. Why did it take me so long to learn?