Choices. Every day we have to make choices and our choices create our futures. Have you ever thought about the choices you have made and about where those choices have gotten you? It could be as simple as: Watch TV or go exercise? Play a game with my kids or spend time on social media? Take that new job or stay where I feel comfortable? Every day we make choices and with every choice there is a consequence. God has given us free will and the ability to make choices, but there is one choice that God is warning us about.
Deuteronomy 30:15-18 (GNT) says: “Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, between life and death. If you obey the commands of the Lord your God, which I give you today, if you love him, obey him, and keep all his laws, then you will prosper and become a nation of many people. The Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are about to occupy. But if you disobey and refuse to listen, and are led away to worship other gods, you will be destroyed—I warn you here and now. You will not live long in that land across the Jordan that you are about to occupy.
In these verses, Moses is making a final appeal to Israel. He is reminding the people of the promise of blessings for obedience, or a curse for failure to obey. His message is pretty clear. It’s a decision between life or death. If you think about it, the choice should be pretty easy. It would seem that choosing “life” would be the best and yet, sometimes we have a hard time making the right choice. Rebelling against God, failing to follow God's way and giving in to sin, could destroy us. We have things that pull us away from God or things we put before God. Money, material possessions, addictions, grudges, politics, sports, things that bring us instant gratification, or other temptations pull our hearts or lives in the wrong direction and can lead us down the wrong path.
God isn’t just telling us, God is commanding us to choose between good and evil, between life and death. God is giving us a choice but is also making clear the consequences of the choice we make. God knows that we will make mistakes, that we will sin, but because of God's great love and mercy, there is hope for a new beginning if we decide to live righteously, to choose life! Our sins might be many, but God's mercy is more. Choosing life includes loving God with our whole heart, following God’s voice and walking the path that God would have us walk, and keeping God’s commandments. Choosing life would lead us toward the promise of life with God, everlasting life.
Questions for Reflection:
- What choice are you going to make?
- Can you think of a choice you made that didn’t turn out how you had hoped?
- Do you take the time to pray before you make a decision, big or small?
Loving God, Thank you for taking care of me and for blessing my life. Forgive me for the times that I have disappointed you and made a bad choice. Please give me the wisdom to make good choices, choices that would be pleasing to you. Help me to be obedient and to walk in your way, loving you and others. I choose you, I choose life. Amen
About the Author:
Maris McCarville - I am a retired 5th grade teacher. Although I loved being in the classroom and loved teaching, I am enjoying this new time in my life. I have been a member of Southwood since 1979! I love singing in the choir, volunteering at church and at Clinic With a Heart and really enjoy serving on a worship Care Team. Now that I am retired, I am so blessed to be able to spend more time with my family, especially my three little grandsons and my new little granddaughter.