Teachers don't often give answers to the test... not before the test. But here, our God... the greatest teacher of all, has set His people up for acing the most important multiple-choice test. He has prepared them though His servant, Moses. For three chapters of Deuteronomy, we can read of the consequences Moses clearly states for obeying, as well as for disobeying God. Moses tutored the Israelites thoroughly for both choices.
And this is the culmination, the bottom line: obey and live, disobey and die. But the greatest part, is that God points us in the right direction for the reality which will come for all people. Not just a nation, not just the leaders, but each individual. Would you prefer to live with blessings, or die slowly of curses?
Because here, God tells us... encourages us here, to CHOOSE LIFE. But isn't that obvious? I mean the list of curses is overwhelming. Why would we not choose life?
He is the ultimate giver of life. But here He is not just offering physical sustenance. He is offering the most blessed life, a heart of joy and happiness, rather than just surviving.
He is a God who desperately desires to bless us. Otherwise why would He go this lengthy detail to caution us... to give us the biggest hint to the right answer for the test of this earth.
He desires not just obedience, but following His example because we love Him. Thesis not just a Old Testament issue. For even Jesus said, If you love me, you will keep My commandments (John 14:15). This is the way to remain faithful even in today's culture. This is the way to abundant life... in this world, and eternally.
If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.
Living this way follows the example which Jesus set for us. Let us be encouraged by this, realizing that there is no in between. There is no gap of gray in the middle, but only two extremes... Life or Death.
But this is the most challenging way. For how easy it is to only choose Jesus for eternity, but self for now. With all the distractions of this world, it is often hard to maintain focus with God's way in mind. But the truth is that we are living in that eternal choice right now. Once we have made a decision for Christ, our eternity begins... here on earth.
And now this test has become a daily choice. Not as a pop-quiz, but as a tutored, forwarned choice. Let us take heed from the Obvious-Choice Giver... let us choose life!
from my heart...
I write as an overflow... an expression of my true love for God and with a deep desire to encourage others in their day to day lives. For we can only find peace, joy, and satisfaction when we yield to the One who yielded His life for us.