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Choose Life! (5 of 6)
Life is filled with choices. Some choices in life don't seem all that significant. For example, "Should I have apple butter on my toast or blackberry jam? On Thursday evening will I watch 'American Idol' or 'Parks and Recreation?'" But then there are other choices that are significant. For example, choices that involve where I will go to school, where will I live, who will I marry, what will I do with my life? These are significant choices and certainly not to be taken lightly.
The band Switchfoot asks the question in one of their songs, "Are you who you want to be?" That's a good question to ask and important choices will have to be made in order for you to be the person you want to be, and more importantly, that God created you to be. "Are you who you want to be? And are you where you want to be in life? With your personal life? Your home? Your marriage? Your relationships? Your spiritual life? What will you do to get where you want to go? What conscious choices will you make today to effect your life tomorrow?"
In this passage Moses called the Israelites to make a choice, to choose to serve the Lord so that they would prosper and live long in the land that God had given them. The options were crystal clear. "Acceptance and obedience would bring life and prosperity (lit. 'good'), but rejection and/or disobedience would result in death and destruction (lit., 'bad' or 'harm')." There is life and blessing in making the positive choice for life, but responding negatively to God's choice brings harmful and destructive consequences.
Our first impression of this passage might be, "What's the catch?" This seems like a non-choice or a choice between two obvious things. "Life and prosperity" on the one hand, or "death and adversity" on the other. This seems to me like the equivalent of asking someone "would you like to go to heaven or hell?" "Hmm, let me think about it. I think I w ...
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