Posted by: Heather | April 13, 2010

Choose Life!

Deut. 30:19  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:

Deuteronomy is the final section of the Pentateuch, which is often referred to as ‘the books of law’.  The proper name for these first 5 books of the Bible is Torah, which means ‘instruction’.  These were God’s instructions for the nation of Israel on how to live.  Deuteronomy describes the time that the children of Israel were getting ready to come into the Promised Land.  Moses takes almost the entire book to ‘go over’ the instructions for living God had established with His people one more time before they enter the land.

The final few chapters of the book of Deuteronomy detail what lies in store for them.  God has set before them an opportunity to choose.  If they choose to obey His commandments, blessings will be upon them.  However, if they choose to disobey, cursing is the result.  They are reminded of this over and over again in the following books by the prophets, as they often walk in disobedience to God’s commands.

Life is all about choices…large and small.  The choices we make largely determine the outcome of our lives.  Sure, sometimes things happen that are beyond our control.  But, even then, we have a choice as to how we react.

Choosing life or death isn’t a one-time choice, just like receiving salvation is not a one-time choice.  The initial choice is just the first step in our walk with God.  It’s the choices we make day in and day out that determine what we ultimately choose.  It correlates so beautifully to the sowing and reaping principle.  When you sow a seed, you can’t just leave it to its own devices…never watering, weeding, or generally taking care of it.  If you neglect it, most likely the harvest will be little to nothing.  However, if you take care of it, and make sure it gets what it needs, the chances of a lively, well-producing plant are much greater.

Sin doesn’t happen just by one large choice.  It’s the small choices that lead up to the larger ones.  Then, before you know it, you’ve made a whole range of bad choices.  We have to realize, when we fail, we can’t say ‘the devil made me do it’.  Yes, the enemy is able to plant thoughts in our minds, but we decide whether to give in to those thoughts or not.  Just as the decisions are up to us, we must also be willing to face the consequences of our decisions.

Sin is sin in God’s eyes.  We as humans like to categorize it, and make some sins ‘greater’ than others.  But, to God, it’s all sin.  The main thing that separates ‘large’ sin from ‘small’ sin in our human eyes is the severity of the consequences.

When we choose to sin, we must reap the consequences of those choices.  However, it’s never too late to begin sowing good seed again, and start making choices that reflect that decision daily.   We may have to reap some bad consequences from sinful choices, but given enough time, we will also reap the good consequences when we decide to choose life and blessing.

May God bless your life today, as you strive to be more like Him!



  1. Hi Heather,
    I haven’t read everything you’ve written, but have definitely enjoyed what I have read! Up until 10 yrs ago, we were VERY active in a Christian Ministry – and God and his Word were a much greater part of our lives. Then, things happened and changed, and we had to deal with a lot of hurt within our Christian “family.” We certainly didn’t give up on God – and never will – but the Word hasn’t held it’s rightful place in our daily lives since. I’ve been thinking so much about this the past year and your blog has come at a perfect time for me. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your excitement for God’s Word!

    • Linda, thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad to know this has been a blessing to you! I have so far to go in my walk with the Lord. But, my purpose in writing these blogs is hopefully to help others get excited about the Word of God. I’m happy you’re enjoying them. God bless you!

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