“And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12–13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – There was only one command in the garden, and mankind could not keep it. Ever since, we’ve been trying to regain a utopian society. But by the time of Noah, “every inclination of the thoughts of [man’s] heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5, NIV 1984). Only Noah was “blameless among the people of his time.” (Genesis 6:9, NIV 1984).
Today, many think if our good outweighs the bad, that should be good enough. But God asks (requires) that we “walk in all His ways,” and that “whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10, NIV 1984). And we all know the history of Israel, the people God chose to bless all the people through. One stumble after another. And no other people group has been able to do any better.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners [stumbling], Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NIV 1984). Christ, the only one ever able to “walk in all His ways.” The only one to never stumble at even “one point.” What we were unable to do for ourselves, God did for us through His Son.
My Advice – The definition of insanity — “doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” What really makes us think we can do what billions of people before us have been unable to do? God does not grade on the curve. His passing grade is 100% and no less. But He will accept Christ’s grade on our behalf. All we need to do is accept Christ. The answer seems pretty clear.