Deuteronomy is a book were Moses called the people of Israel into remembrance – of their history, their laws, and their GOD.
Moses reminds Israel to remember Egypt, their slavery, and their salvation through the Red Sea. He also reminds them to take care for their hearts – lest they grow comfortable in the land of Canaan, forget Who delivered them, and follow idols instead. And lastly, he reminds them to remember their God.
“You shall remember the Lord your God” -Deuteronomy 8:18
You would think that Israel wouldn’t forget any of these things. Besides, who has ever seen a sea break in two? Or water gushing out of a rock? Or bitter water turned sweet because a tree fell in? None of us. Yet, Moses warned the Israelites that if they weren’t careful, they would forget all these things: they would forget God.
Often throughout the book of Deuteronomy, Moses also tells the Israelites to guard against idolatry. If they remembered one simple thing, they would never have to be afraid of falling into idolatry – remember God.
If you stand amazed at the one, true God and remember His majesty, you won’t be tempted to make an idol in your heart to worship instead. Moses asks the Israelites a rhetorical question –
“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?” -Deuteronomy 4:7
Basically, Moses is asking the people – how could you go after another god? One who will never work salvation in your midst or answer when you call upon Him or deliver you from your enemies. Why would you would want an idol, when you could have the True God?
Remember God and desire Him, and you won’t want anything less.