“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.” – Deuteronomy 30:19
1. The choice is yours!! This verse tells us that the choice is ours to make: the Lord has “set before you life and death, blessings and curses” and people are to “choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
When Moses was at the end of his ministry and knew that he was not able to go into the Promised Land he too was giving instructions called the second law to his “disciples” who would lead the way with Joshua and Caleb into the Promised Land. He challenges them to “CHOOSE LIFE” so that it would not only go well for them but also for the future generations of Israel. This was vital so that the ministry of life, health, morals and values would continue to be shared.
Our main desire is to do what is pleasing to our Lord and the direction that we receive from him is to be more giving of life than death. Jesus says in John 10:10 “The thief comes to steal kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life and life in abundance”.
Life here refers not to just physical life but to blessing and favour in all its dimensions. Moses was not concerned only with the length of the people’s lives, but with the quality of their faith and pilgrimage. God intends abundant life for His children.
Only when our hearts are right can our lives reflect fully the Lord’s purpose and will. That’s why the first commandment is so important: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Moses recorded it in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew, Mark and Luke witness Jesus proclaiming this commandment in the Gospels followed by the second who is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” As we are told in both the Old and New Testament, we must love God first before the second is possible.
Unlike the people of Israel let us remember that we have their revelation and more. We have even fuller knowledge of God’s word and will. We have the complete written Holy Scripture available to us, and we have the Holy Spirit indwelling in us and guiding us to all truth. If we disobey the Lord’s word, we have even less excuse—and consequences just as severe.
5.Who do we serve?
So choose wisely this day whom you will serve. Be obedient and listen to the Holy Spirit that lives in those that have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. When you cannot see the results of such faithfulness, trust God for the future and follow Him in the present. “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” – Joshua 24:15
Choosing life is a daily decision, therefore we need to choose wisely, because we are all living and dying with the choices we make. Our choices have consequences. Our choices determine the quality of our lives on earth and for eternity.