Focal Passage: Deuteronomy 30:1-10, 19-20
My college dorm room was no five-star hotel but one amenity it did have was a landline phone. I had a cell phone, so I hardly ever used the landline, but on the one occasion that I did, I made an unfortunate error. My roommates were gone, and my girlfriend (now wife) was in a night class.
Things were getting pretty serious between us, so I decided to do something romantic. I learned one of her favorite songs on my guitar and put the phone on speaker.
I thought if I played this love song and sang it to her as a surprise message then it may get me some brownie points.
It was a solid plan. I even messed up once but that did not deter me. I hung up, composed myself, and called right back to finish the song. When I didn’t hear from her, I called her and said, “Hey, did you not get the messages I left you?” She said, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
I had dialed the wrong number. My intent was good, but my execution was poor. Unlike me, God’s intentions are always good and His execution is always spot on.
In Deuteronomy 27, we see the promise to the Israelites reiterated: they will indeed enter into the land the Lord has promised them.
Moses challenged the people to choose repentance and obedience, knowing that God would be faithful to perfectly execute His plans. God honors those who choose to obey Him.