“This day I call the heavens & the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life & death, blessings & curses. Now choose life, so that you & your children may live & that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, & hold fast to Him. For the LORD is your life, & He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30.19-20
This passage never ceases to challenge me. I’m sure I’ve read it scores of times, but with each time I hear God’s instruction to “choose life”, I’m convicted. Am I choosing life today? This world surrounds us all with circumstances and situations – some beyond our control and others completely within our grasp. We may not always be able to influence what happens to us but we always have the choice of how we handle ourselves through it. In Deuteronomy, God reminds the nation of Israel that life and death are ever before them. But it is up to them to choose which one they will walk in! You can hear God’s loving heart for His people, wanting them to walk in the life set before them and to hold fast to Him in love. But He will not force it on them. They must make the choice for themselves.
We all must make the same choice every single day. Will we walk in the life that God holds out for us? Will we choose life? Or will we easily succumb to trials and temptations that so easily abound? When facing a mountain, will we stand in awe of the God who holds everything together, who is far greater than any obstacle? Or will we only see a massive barrier between where we are and where we want to go? Will we see the opportunity for an adventurous climb or crumble beneath the daunting thought of the journey that lies ahead?
Life is an adventure! God is almighty, great, wondrous and unfathomably loving! He has set before us life and death, blessing and cursing. Which one will you choose? Which will I choose today? As it says in verse 20, “For the Lord is your life…” I pray that this passage always stays at the forefront of my mind – that I would remember to dwell on His goodness, His salvation, His power in my life rather than the menial trials and tribulations this temporal world may bring. Today is a new day. Heed God’s compassionate voice as He invites us all, “Choose Life!”