Tuesday, February 9, 2016

making the choice

Deuteronomy 30:19-20.nasb I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the L ord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them."
God has given us a choice, a choice to live for him and be blessed or deny him and be cursed. To choose life, he gives us three things we need to do in verse 20.
1. Love the Lord your God
2. Obey His voice
3. Hold fast to Him
We need to love him. We love him because He first loved us. He loves us so much that He sent his son to take our place and die for our sins. He loves us and cares for us. We are to love Him in return. We need to respond to His love and demonstrate our love for Him.

We need to obey His voice. First, we need to be able to know and recognize His voice. He says, "My sheep know my voice. " Second, we need to listen for His voice.  We need to wait and hear Him. If we don't take time to listen, we will never hear Him when He speaks. Third, we need to obey His voice when we hear him speak. That is sometimes hard to do, but necessary for obedience  to God.

Holding fast to God is holding on no katter what circumstances tell us. We may go through times of feeling like God isn't there or isn't hearing us. We may feel like giving up. We may even go through wonderful days of blessing.  Through it all, we need to trust God and His plans. We need to keep our faith in Him in spite of the ways life may take us.

God gives us the choice to choose true life or to choose death. I choose life. I choose to love Him, obey His voice, and hold on to Him. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Take some time today to read the whole chapter of Deuteronomy 30. You may find the blessings of living for God speaking loudly to your soul.

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