"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV) I used to find it strange when reading this passage that Moses felt it necessary to tell the people to "choose life." My thoughts were, "What else would they choose?" But, the more I studied the Exodus of the Israelites and their 40 year journey (a journey that should have taken only 11 days), I began to realize that they were choosing death by their complaining and turning on God. For some it was true physical death, but for many it was spiritual death, as they continually placed a wall between themselves and our Father. The same is true of our world today, as more and more people have turned from God and have become "self-reliant." They look to idols of money, possessions, and other "gods," all the while wondering why everything in their lives is a mess. Jesus Himself said in John 10:10, " I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Life is not waking up, struggling through the day, and then complaining about how tough everything is; life is not found in the things you own, the trips you take, or how many people are impressed with you. True life is found only in Jesus Christ, and that life is eternal. Running around in chaos is no life, nor is wallowing around in our misery; trying to prove we have the most toys, or complaining about how little we have is no life either. We, as Christians, need to be an example to everyone by being content with what the Lord has blessed us with (and what He has chosen to withhold from us for our own good), and by thanking Him for the eternal LIFE He has so graciously given us through the death of His Son. Hebrews 13:5 tells us that we are to "be content with such things as you have." Let's "choose life" today, and thank God for the life He has blessed us with. A phrase I have incorporated into my morning devotional time that helps me every day is, "Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not come, but I have today, and today I will praise the Lord for blessing me with life!" May God bless everyone who reads these words today with life, and that more abundant!
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