See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. ~ Deuteronomy 30:15, 17-18
In Luke 8, Jesus tells the story of a farmer who sows seed. He said that some seed fell among thorns and those are people who hear the Word, “but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature,” (v. 14). God said He gave us a choice of how we want our lives to go. If we continue in our relationship with Him, then when our lives change, we are less likely to think, “I have done—or have to do—it on my own,” and so abandon our relationship with God.
Deuteronomy 30:17 talks about worshiping other gods. By definition, anything we put ahead of God is something we’re worshiping. An example could be your spouse. I remember when we were first married, I told my husband that I expected him to make and keep me happy. My husband—very gently, but boldly—said that I needed to look to God as my source of peace and contentment and that he wasn’t built to fulfill those things for me. God said that if we turn away from our relationship with Him we would be destroyed, because without Him the enemy would overpower us. But when we turn or return our hearts and lives to Him, God has many promises for us.
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach…No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. ~ Deuteronomy 30:11, 14