““See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.”
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NASB
Life or death
Ours is a world awash in choices. A stroll through the supermarket is a walk through the temple of a god of a multitude of choices to choose from. There is something for everyone, in any color, any flavor and any cost point.
Choices are everywhere and in every aspect of our lives and we have the option to choose among good things or evil things. We don’t, however, have the option to choose the consequences of our choices.
In the spiritual life there also choices to make. God has given His human creation the power to choose, even if the choice results in destruction. He did not make us like the lower species; driven by hard wired instinct or place us in a position where we have only a few options. We have choices.
We can even choose to destroy ourselves, quickly or slowly.
The children of Israel were given a blessing and a curse. God clearly laid out the choices and the consequences. When I read through the Scriptures, I see so many times when God repeatedly spelled out precisely what would happen in obedience and what would happen in disobedience.
God still lays out the same choices, of blessing and cursing, of action and consequence. There are some who have the belief that the Old Testament is not relevant to the believer today. In reality it is the lasting and eternal foundation of the faith and never ceases to be relevant.
“That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9 NASB
The righteous will be righteous and the sinners will sin.
Every day I am faced with choices, opportunities to glorify God or bring shame to my testimony. Every day I have a choice of blessing and cursing. In the solitude of my home, my choices are seemingly private. It is easy to sit and believe that my choices don’t affect others. All too often I have faced deep conviction when I have fallen into a reoccurring sin and then gotten a dire prayer request that reminds me that I must always be ready.
My choices are of life and death. I have learned that prayer is a powerful weapon in the believers arsenal. So many of us take for granted the power God has given us. We have direct access to His throne room through Jesus Christ who is constantly petitioning on our behalf.
So many of the people we pray for are on the edge of the abyss between heaven and hell. So many of the people I pray for are sick, discouraged, or drifting from the faith. I must make the choices in my own life that benefit others, regardless of my own desires.
Then there are the people who are watching me. Whether I like it or not, eternal choices are being made based on what I am seen doing, heard saying, or even the perceptions of the aforementioned.
I am presenting the Gospel even when I think I am not. This scares
and propels me to walk circumspectly, marking each step deliberately, as to not lead anyone astray from so great a salvation for which my Savior bled.
Choices are life and death indeed.
The advantage that we have is that we have the gift of the Holy Spirit to assist us in making the right choices. He confirms when we are in obedience and convicts when we stray. Through God’s word, we have the guidance through God, the Holy Spirit who takes the written word of the Bible and writes it in our hearts and directs our wills if we are willing to surrender.
We are living in a world full of people who are given choices of blessing and cursing, living or dying, Heaven or hell. We who have believed on the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins have destiny of blessing. We must make sure our earthly choices draw unbelievers to He who saves.
Lord, help me to make the right choices. Lives are riding on it.