God Restores His Blessing even when Sin Destroyed Our Life.
Read Deuteronomy 30:1-10
"They will Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you and will gather you again from all the peoples."
The presence of our inescapable sin nature means that our natural tendency is to abandon God in the headlong pursuit of our desires. In Genesis 3, Satan deceived Adam and Eve with the allure of being independent of God and becoming masters of our destiny and the masters of our own morality. It was not enough that we were created in the image of God; we desired to cast God aside and become God ourselves. It should not surprise us that our society casts aside the Biblical morality of right and wrong to pursue a new morality where sin is not only acceptable but is now celebrated. This is the inevitable direction sin leads us. In this, we follow the footsteps of Israel.
As Israel was about to enter the Promised land, Moses reminds the people of God's blessings and curses. To walk in obedience would result in the gift of God upon the nation and upon the individual. To disregard God's law would bring ruin and destruction. The choice seems simple. But "the heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). The only one who truly understands the actual condition of our sin-driven heart is God himself. Consequently, when given a choice, he knew that instead of choosing life, we would prefer to pursue our independence from God. The result would be a headlong quest to our own ruin.
Even as he anticipated Israel's rebellion and subsequent judgment of God (Deuteronomy 29), God did not abandon Israel to their justified fate. Their refusal to obey the covenant would ultimately lead to their defeat and captivity as a nation (29:27-28). Instead of enjoying the land of "milk and honey," the land would become one of brimstone and salt (29:23). Nevertheless, God, in His grace, not only promised to restore them to the land of blessing, he vowed to deal with the root cause of their rebellion. He would not just restore his blessing upon the land; he would completely transform their heart so that they would walk in obedience to God's commands (30:6).
When we face the consequences of our wrong choices, we can begin to wonder if there is no longer any hope for God's restorative touch. When it seems as if God has removed his blessing and life turns dark and foreboding, there still remains the hope of a restorative hand. When we turn back to him and seek him, he will not only restore his blessing but begin to change our hearts so that sin is not only appealing. Instead, we find our joy in obedience to his commands. This is true both as individuals and as a nation. As we see the moral and political chaos sweeping across our country, as we see the ongoing threats to our physical and emotional wellbeing, we can find security and hope in God. No matter how devastating his judgment, forgiveness, and blessing away those seek him.