The Choice Is Yours

Deuteronomy 30:15-20–See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 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 sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

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God has given us a free will.  However, for us to exercise our free will there must be choices.  So God has set before us choices.  But choices are inherent with consequences; things that result from the choices we make.  We have to live with the choices we make and sometimes the results of our choices are hard to live with.  Among all the choices we face, God has set before us the choice of good, life, and blessing or evil, curses, and death.

The Path To Life: This path is a path of love.  We travel this path when we make the choice to love the Lord our God and walk in His ways.  We travel this path when we keep His commandments and His statures and His judgments.  We must choose to obey his voice and cleave unto Him in order to walk this path.  The Results: We shall be blessed by the Lord our God wherever we go–v. 16.  We shall live and multiply.  This path leads to a promised land.  For Israel it was a physical, temporal land here on this earth.  For the Christians it is a spiritual, eternal kingdom in heaven.

The Path To Death: We walk this path when we choose to turn away from God and when we refuse to hear Him. Choosing this path, we are drawn away and worship other things and serve them.  This path is a path of evil in varying degrees.  The Results: Those traveling this path will shorten their days and perish.  This path results in death.  There is a physical death, but the worst is the spiritual, eternal death.  The Bible refers to this as the second death.

God’s Plea: “Choose life, that you and your seed may live”–v. 19.