Our Daily Bread: No Fine Print
- READ: Deuteronomy 30:11-20
For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. —Deuteronomy 30:11
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Missy Sullivan noted that many user agreements, warranties, and
disclaimers that come with products are nearly unreadable. Intentionally set in very small type, they actually discourage people from
understanding them. Because of this, many people don’t read all the
terms of contracts before signing them. A university professor of
graphic communication pointed to a 32-page user agreement that came with his new smartphone, and said of the company, “They don’t want you to
In contrast, the Lord is always seeking to communicate with His people in
clear and compelling ways, with no attempt to confuse or deceive. When
Moses spoke to the Israelites just before they entered the Promised
Land, he said, “For this commandment which I command you today is not
too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. . . . I have set before you
life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both
you and your descendants may live” (Deut. 30:11,19).
The Lord wants us to understand His plan and purpose clearly, so that we
may love, obey, and cling to Him—for He is our “life and the length of
[our] days” (v.20). That’s plain to see. —David McCasland
Father, we want to learn and experience more of who
You are in our relationship with You. Teach us so that
we will grow in our understanding of You and
Your plan for our lives.
There is no fine print in God’s communication with us.