“I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today, that 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, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give them.”
– Deuteronomy 30.19-20
I think it is so dynamic that God paints such a black and white picture here. We can choose life or death. We can choose to live under the blessing or the curse. Who would knowingly choose death? Or the curse? But we do it everyday! This is a direct quote from God. And what does God say choosing life is?
- Loving the Lord your God
- Obeying His voice
- Holding fast to Him
The foundation is love. We must know Him and enjoy Him! Obedience without love is futility. And we cannot hold fast to Him if we do not obey Him. Choosing life is a progression.
Choosing life over death might sound good, but when we understand what it means exactly, perhaps it looses some of it’s appeal. Less time living for ourselves, focusing on ourselves, pleasing ourselves and more time living for God, focusing on Him and pleasing Him. But how do we come to the understanding that living for ourselves is death? It is the curse? For myself, it doesn’t take long to live for pleasure and realize that it is not satisfying. Yes, I truly enjoy riding my motorcycle. The road. The solitude. The scenery. Working the bike. But after a few hundred miles my rear end gets tired. The sound of the pipes deafens me. The hotels get expensive. My dad likes to joke that he loves getting on his motorcycle, and he loves getting off. Worldly pleasures are fleeting, but God does not disappoint. His mercies are fresh and sustain for eternity. If God is boring to you, the problem is not Him. I guarantee it.
And once we know Him, obedience to Him deepens our connection because we need the power of the Spirit to obey. And by relying on the Spirit to obey, we cherish and hold fast to Him. Let us strive to know, obey and hold fast to God – and therefore have life and blessing! This passage actually says that our obedience to God and our life are dependent on and determined by our love for Him! Now, I in no way am proclaiming a prosperity Gospel – God knows and determines our steps and he numbers our days. But our days are full and established, according to this passage, by our love, obedience and clinging to Him.