“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him;” vss. 19-20a
The book of Deuteronomy, one of the most precious documents to come down to us from our ancestors, presents itself as Moses’ final sermon to the Israelites before they leave the wilderness and enter the promised land. In these final words of that sermon, Moses tells the people that they now have a choice between blessings and curses, they can either choose life or death, it’s up to them. Quite naturally he implores them to choose life, a choice which would mean loving, obeying, and holding fast to the Lord their God. Sometimes as we move through life our options for the future do seem to boil down to that kind of simple choice. If we go one way there will be blessings, if in the other, there will be curses. It would make sense, given the options, that everyone would choose the way leading to blessings. The problem is that consequences are seldom obvious when we’re making the choice. Deuteronomy is intended to be a guide in those moments of decision and tells us that blessings will come as we remain connected to God and love God with all our heart, mind, and strength. And it works! When loving God is our top priority our paths will always be paved with blessings.
Thought for the Day: How do my decisions reflect my love of God?