February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 suggest that at every moment in our lives we have a choice between life and death. This possibility is something that God sets before us so that we can choose (30:15, 19). But God also advises us to choose life, prosperity, blessings over death, destruction, curses: “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…” (30:19-20). This implies that life is a gift from God, set before us as a possibility to receive if we chooses to do so. It is life in the Lord. It is the kind of life that not even physical death can destroy. And yet, it also implies that we have the ability to choose against God’s life-giving possibilities by embracing death, destruction, curse. That happens when “your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them” (30:17). Those are the kind of choices that can only lead to destruction (30:18). This is not a once in a lifetime choice that we make. It is a lifestyle of discernment between life and death. What are the choices against life that you have to avoid in your life right now? And what are the life-giving choices that you have to embrace today?