It would be hard to believe that in the time of Moses there would be Deists. You know, a person who believes that God created the world and just left it by itself to run its natural course. It is like a scientist creating a robot and then setting it free in the world and never coming in contact with it again. However, today there may be remnants or even hybrid forms of that philosophy that was born in the 17th century. Lets see what God has to say about that.
5 “See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. 6So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ 7 For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him?” Deut 4:5-7
God is not an arbitrary ruler; His government is based on the highest principles possible. God does not choose random laws for the universe, which He expect to be followed at instance without any question, understanding, or purpose. God is not a tyrant who is watching for the slightest infraction to strike down judgement at the transgressor the second His laws are violated. Not at all, God is the opposite of that.
In fact, God reveals to us why we should obey His laws. In this case His people by obeying they would demonstrate to other nations the “wisdom” and “understanding” that the Lord had blessed them with. Another nations would be attracted to them and would want to learn about this great nation; surely they would eventually come to know the reason that this people are great is because the have a Great God. Therefore, a purpose to follow God laws is for a witnessing/evangelistic tool to bring people to get to know God the Creator, who is the source of wisdom and understanding.
This principle is still applicable today. How do we as people of God live our lives. Do we drag around because there are some things we can’t do or do we see those restrictions as blessings to us and others. Do we live in manner that causes other people to say, “there is something different about this person, God must be near to him/her.” I would love to live a life in which there is no possible way a deist can live around me without being impressed “God is near to him.” How about you?
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.