Blessing and Cursing
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Given a choice between life and death, blessing or cursing, we would surely all choose life and blessing. Right? So, why even ask the question? Precisely because, some would not choose life over death or blessing over cursing.
When Moses was 120 years old God spoke these words to him to speak to the children of Israel before they entered the Promised Land. He knew that all kinds of temptations would be laid before them and that every sin imaginable would seek to seduce and ensnare them if they were not armed with the truth and predisposed to resist them choosing rather to walk in the ways of righteousness in God’s Law. So, God laid out before them the ultimate realities of both worlds, life or death, blessing or cursing. The choice was completely theirs to make, not only for themselves, but for their generations to come.
The reality is, millions of people choose death over life every day. The most obvious are those hooked on debilitating drugs and other substances that destroy life. Then there are the murderers, thieves, liars, gossips, backbiters, those who lust for power, who exploit the poor and weak, the greedy, the self-righteous, the haughty, the prideful, the arrogant, the wicked, the God haters and the wise in their own eyes who deny God and make themselves fools. All these by their words and their deeds, and all those like them, choose cursing and death.
In a time and culture where everyone wants whatever they want whenever they want without acknowledgment of the consequences or the costs, few are willing to follow the narrow way of righteousness which requires, sacrifice, discipline, patience, faithfulness and diligence to choose to please God rather than themselves.
Choosing life is the right and wise thing to do always, but, it is not always the easiest thing to do especially when it involves self-denial. But the reward for doing so is greater than anything else we can imagine. Choosing life means choosing to live eternally and never die. We choose to love the Lord, to obey His voice, to cleave unto Him because He is life, and He is the length of all our days on earth and we will dwell in the place of eternal rest and of abundant joy and fulfillment. That is what choosing life is all about.
No one can choose life over death for us. God has left the choice completely up to us. Those who are wise will choose life.
Choosing life is first and last choosing to accept that God has raised Jesus from the dead and then choosing to confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. Doing so, makes us righteous and born again before God and all men and angels. Then we must choose to walk in the light of the new life we have been given. Choosing life means we turn around from walking the pathway to death and we choose to walk in the upward pathway of life and that more abundantly, of joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Joshua chose the upward call and declared it this way.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.