“It is ALL a matter of CHOICE”
March 2 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 28-30
As Moses summarizes God’s guidance and provision for the Israelites during the last forty years; he invites the people of God to take part in God’s covenant, and reiterates that only those who choose to obey the covenant will receive the blessings from God. "See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess" (Deut 30:15-16). Finally, Moses ends his long discourse with the following: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them" (Deut 30:19-20)
The Apostle Paul in Romans 10:6-8 has applied this passage to the Gospel - for the law of Christ is substantially the same as that of Moses, only more clear and accompanied with the advantages of Gospel grace. The alternative of a good and happy life is a disobedient and miserable life. Loving God and obeying His Word are the only ways of securing God’s blessings. Paul warned the elders of Ephesus in the same manner: “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:26, 27).
Dr. Pierce Harris, a former pastor of the First Methodist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, preached to some prisoners. One of the prisoners got up and introduced him to the others with these words: “Several years ago, two boys lived in a town in north Georgia. They went to the same school, played together and attended the same Sunday school. One dropped out of Sunday school and said that it was ‘sissy stuff.’ the other boy kept on going. One rejected Christ; the other accepted Him. The boy who rejected Christ is making this introduction today. The boy who accepted Christ is the honored preacher who will speak to us today!”