When I was a freshman at the University of Oklahoma, I forgot my retainer at home. Fearing that my teeth would take advantage of the newfound wiggle room, I called home and asked my mother to send it in the mail. Everything turned out fine. For a few days, though, my retainer was too far away to keep my teeth on the straight and narrow.
11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.Deuteronomy 30:11-14, ESV
The people of Israel are being reminded in this passage that what they are supposed to do is not a mystery. It’s not too far away or too hard to grasp. We are called to do the same things today: love God and obey His commands. Like teeth after braces we sometimes need help to keep us on the straight and narrow, but that help is never too far away. We have the Bible available to us and the Holy Spirit guiding us from within.