Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction … Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.Deuteronomy 30:11-20
Some choices are harder to make, aren’t they? Sometimes it’s the reward or the consequence that determines what we choose to do. Other times, we choose out of necessity. Still other times we do what we’ve always done, totally oblivious that there were other ways to get to the Promised Land besides wandering in the desert for 40 years. It is perhaps fitting that this ‘speech’ should come at this point in the journey for the children of Israel. The promise that was given to them applies to us even now. We too must exercise our power of choice.
I would lose count if I tried to remember the number of times God delivered me from a potentially bad situation and gave me a second chance. Perhaps you can identify with being given another opportunity when you thought you had run out of chances. The next steps seems simple enough : “choose life”, but do we always choose as He would?
The choices that we make impact us and may affect our children for generations to come. Some choices are easier than others, but I believe He is every bit as concerned about the little things, as He is about the ‘big important ones’. Sometimes we seem so backed up between ‘a rock and a hard place’ that we forget there is none like our Rock of Ages. The same God who made a way for the Israelites through the Red sea, is able to make a straight clear path through whatever attempts to block our way. He does not expect us to be disobedient in order to obey Him. His words are clear and direct. What is the choice you need to make today?
Sometimes the obvious choice is not so obvious. When we try to find the solution on our own, we often end up in uncomfortable places. Often what we think is the way to go, is nothing but a short-cut to another wilderness experience. Here, He has laid it out quite plainly … “choose life …and … live”. What do we bring upon ourselves and our families when we choose otherwise?
To choose life means to trust Him to order our steps when all we can see is fog. To choose life means to trust that man does not have the final say. To choose life means that we can exercise faith and joyfully praise, when all we see are mountains and blocked paths, knowing full well that that the end and the beginning are one in His eyes. He sees our needs and He knows how to fulfill them. His approach is somewhat like going to write a test and finding that the correct answers have already been filled in. He has set before you life and death… will you choose life?
Personal Application: Today I will choose to believe that “the steps of a good man are ordered by God.” I will let go of my missed choices and regrets, and allow Him to write the rest of my life according to His ‘prosperous plans that will give me a future with hope.”
Inventory/ Introspection: Wherever I am, whatever I am facing, I have the power of choice through Jesus Christ. Am I ready to allow Him to guide my choice?
Father, we thank You that You made us with the ability to choose and the capacity for change. Like You did with Noah, help us to make the right choice, even if those around us don’t share the vision. Our aim is to please You… that is what we want to do.
We place before You all the mistakes and missed choices in our lives. We choose to believe that You are able to redeem the wilderness years and make our lives productive for Your glory.
We are thankful that You did not impose Your will upon us, but that You give us the opportunity to choose. We choose Life today!
May the lives we live give others a reason to seek You and choose Life.
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