Posted by: missionventureministries | July 25, 2011

LIFE IS GOD’S GIFT BUT OUR CHOICE – Deuteronomy 30:19

“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.” – Deuteronomy 30:19 

This verse tells us that the choice is ours to make: the Lord has “set before you life and death, blessings and curses” and people are to “choose life, so that you and your children may live.” 

Life here refers not to just physical life but to blessing and favor in all its dimensions. Moses was not concerned only with the length of the people’s lives, but with the quality of their faith and pilgrimage. God intends abundant life for His children. Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10 

Only when our hearts are right can our lives reflect fully the Lord’s purpose and will. That’s why the first  commandment is so important: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Moses recorded it in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew, Mark and Luke witness Jesus proclaiming this commandment in the Gospels followed by the second who is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  As we are told in both the Old and New Testament, we must love God first before the second is possible.  

Unlike the people of Israel let us remember that we have their revelation and more. We have even fuller  knowledge of God’s word and will. We have the complete written Holy Scripture available to us, and we have the Holy Spirit indwelling in us and guiding us to all truth. If we disobey the Lord’s word, we have even less excuse—and consequences just as severe. 

So choose wisely this day whom you will serve. Be obedient and listen to the Holy Spirit that lives in those that have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. When you cannot see the results of such faithfulness, trust God for the future and follow Him in the present. “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” – Joshua 24:15 

Choosing life is a daily decision, therefore we need to choose wisely, because we are all living and dying with the choices we make. Our choices have consequences. Our choices determine the quality of our lives on earth and for eternity. If you reject, disobey or ignore Gods principles you are the one who gets hurt and will have to suffer eternal consequences. 

God sets before people the opportunity to choose to love, obey, and hold closely to Him, which means life. What choices do you need to make about loving, obeying, and trusting in God? Remember, life is God’s gift but our
choice. 
 

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

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