Reflection on Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Scripture

You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Observation

Moses addresses the people of Israel and offers them a choice between life and death, prosperity and disaster, blessings and curses.

If they love the Lord and worship Him alone, obeying His commandments, then they will live and multiply.

But if they refuse to listen, and instead worship and serve other gods then they will certainly be destroyed. They will not live a long, good life in the land.

Application

God gives us all the choice between blessings and curses, life and death, heaven and hell.

This is not complicated, although we do try to make it so. It is a choice- do I worship God alone and live for Him alone? Or will I serve some other god, or even myself?

The choice is obvious where false gods and idols permeate the streets, such as in India where shrines to the local idols are on nearly every corner. The presence of false gods there makes the choice so easy.

In the West, the false gods take more subtle forms such as money, pride, security and so on. Some of these seduce us with the notions of worldly wisdom. It is wise to save for a “rainy day” but when our peace comes from knowing we have money in the bank, then we are not trusting the Lord any more.

We must make a daily decision to serve the Lord in all we do, to worship Him only.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, my life’s direction is in your hands. Please hep me to trust you, to serve and worship you alone. Let my heart never be turned away to other gods. Amen,

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