"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for He is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them." - Deuteronomy 30:19-20
While I was a young kid, my parents would often tell me, "You have the freedom to make your choices, but not the freedom to make your consequences". I never really understood what that meant until one day I found myself in so much trouble that it took over three months for my parents to trust me with any amount of freedom. I realized in that moment that I did, in fact, have the freedom to make my decisions that made up my life - but I did not have the freedom to pick and choose what consequences came with those decisions. Luckily for me, I mostly made good decisions, but there were some occasions where I did not make the right call.
God also gives us the freedom to pick and choose the decisions that we make on a daily basis. Some decisions bring incredible blessing, and others bring destruction upon our lives. Regardless of how life may look right now, God always provides a way for blessing to come upon us WHEN we make the right decisions. So why don't we make the right decisions? A few reasons....
Pride. Greed. Selfishness. Doubt. Fear.
Whatever the reason, if we choose to not live for God, we choose the consequences that come with it: curse, separation, and death. But if we choose to live for Him, we receive blessing, life, goodness, and closeness with our Creator.
What do you need to do today to make a conscious decision to choose life over death? What do you need to do to stop choosing separation from our God and Creator?
Simply put, if you spend time in His Word, worship Him daily, spend time with other believers who encourage you, God will show you what you need to do in order to choose life over death.
Father, help me to live a lifestyle in choosing life over death. Show me the things that I have been doing that actually separates me from You and puts me on a path of cursing and destruction. I want to live for you, speak to me and help me. Amen.
Posted on Wed, February 17, 2016
by Sam Petitfils