Read Deuteronomy 10:12-15
“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (v. 12).
Alma grew up in our church. Her grandfather was one of the founders. The church bore his last name. She seldom missed a service. Tragically, in spite of her exposure to the gospel, she had never been saved. I prayed for her often. I visited her regularly. Numerous times I ex- plained the plan of salvation as simply as I could and asked her if she would like to pray to ask God to forgive her sins and to become the Lord of her life. Each time, she refused. Her answer became familiar. “Brother Woods, it is just so hard to understand.”
In our devotional text for today, Moses seemed to be expressing the same frustration I felt. “How easy can it be? How simple can it be?” “What doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to. . .?” The path to the foot of the cross is clearly marked and easy to follow. At the end of the path, the Savior eagerly awaits your arrival.
Why do we try to complicate what Christ has made simple? Isaiah said, “A highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein” (35:8). (L. Gayle Woods)
Why do we try to complicate what Christ has made simple?