“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20a
Have you ever read a passage of scripture and felt as if the words were jumping off the page at you? Then you stop and think, “Why haven’t I noticed this text before? I’ve read this passage of scripture in the past, in fact several times, but today for some reason God seems to impress it into my heart.” This is what I recently experienced. “This is the key to life” seemed to leap off the page and pierce my heart.
As we have been learning through our recent sermon series entitled “Success God’s Way”, I have been both challenged and encouraged. The leadership principles outlined through the Book of Joshua are very rich. But prior to Joshua leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, a change in leadership took place that was essential according to God. Any leadership transition that takes place in a family, a ministry or an organization is critical. How a current leader hands off the baton to a future leader takes a spirit of humility and grace for it to be successful. Even in his last days, Moses modeled Godly leadership that was exemplary as Joshua became Israel’s leader. Moses prepared the people for his departure. Moses realized that he was about to die but nevertheless, he continued to spur on the people of Israel. Moses was wise and recognized that we should not allow others to become dependent upon man for their spiritual growth, but rather help them become dependent upon God. We would be prudent to do likewise. We need to educate our kids, our family, our friends and our church to depend on God. We need to teach others to follow God, not a leader, not man!
Moses challenged the people of Israel to make a choice and to “choose well.” He tells the people to choose life. Choose to love the Lord. Choose to obey God. Choose to commit yourself to Him. And by choosing life in Him, you will continue to experience His blessings. The choice was for them to choose and that choice is for us as well today. God does not force Himself on anyone but instead offers us the freedom to choose. Will you choose God? Will you choose life and blessings?
The text continues in Deuteronomy 31: 7-8 as Moses then commissions and called for Joshua and as all Israel. They watched as he said to him, “Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the Lord swore to give their ancestors. You are the one who will deliver it to them as their inheritance. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor forsake you.”
What a blessing!!! What a promise!!!
Choose Life…Choose Well
A father’s words of grace and forgiveness are incredibly powerful. Life is short; don’t let anything keep you from loving and forgiving others.
Posted on Thu, February 9, 2012
by Keith Knight