Day Forty-Eight, Deuteronomy 10-11
Today we have the end of Moses' second speech to the people of Israel. In this, he really brings home the point that I believe is major. God cares about a person's heart. He cares more about the heart than the outward actions. Moses says, "To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set His affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt. Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in His name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. Your forefathers who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky. Love the Lord your God and keep His requirements, His decrees, His laws, and His commands always."
Moses ends this speech by letting the people know that the choice to obey God is theirs, and that there would be blessings if they made the right choice, but there would be consequences if they made the wrong choice.
"See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse--the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known."
Brothers and sisters, as children of God, we have the same choice today.