Choosing Life

Deuteronomy 30:19-20
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

It is the two-pronged road, the split path, and we must make a choice which one we will take.  Down one road is life and blessing, and down the other is death and cursing.  But we can’t be deceived by appearances, because the path that looks like the easiest one to take is the one that leads to death.  The path to life looks less comfortable, more complicated.  Indeed, it requires obedience.  It requires a sacrifice to give up our self and our pride.  It requires a little bit of challenge to help us grow in our faith and understanding and character.

But though that path looks so much harder, it has something key that the other lacks.  God Himself is our life.  He is the true prize.  He is the difference-maker.  But He is only on the life path.  So He will go with us through those hard things.  He’ll be near while we struggle through.  He’ll provide every need as we take that narrow road and seek to truly obey in all things.

It’s not so much about the path, but what awaits us at the end.  The path to life is God Himself.  Eternal life is given through His Son Jesus Christ.  But then in the end, it all leads to Him—to a rich and full and satisfying relationship in Him.  And that other path that seems so tempting and so appealing right now is absent of the goodness of God and absent of His blessing.  It may temporarily satisfy us but will ultimately lead to a very empty end.

The nation of Israel had the option.  God had laid out everything very clearly to them.  He told them how He would bless them if they obeyed and followed Him and how He would curse them if they disobeyed and forsook Him.  And then it was up to them to live their lives and make their choices.  The options have also been presented to us, so may we choose life and choose it always.  We choose life by obeying God in all things, by loving Him above all else, and by clinging to Him solely, trusting Him only, and relying on Him.  So if we have chosen life, let us continue each day to live and abide in Christ.

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