Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “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.”
I would like to think that given a choice, everyone would choose life.
But, not everyone reading will accept that statement.
Around the globe today, someone will commit suicide every 40 seconds*. That is a staggering statistic. And that excludes the numbers from the COVID-19 pandemic, which skyrocketed in 2020.
In our passage this morning, Moses addresses the Israelite people just before they were about to go into the Promised Land. He clearly puts before them their choice. He tells them what God told him to say – Choose life.
Moses tells them they should choose God because, as the scripture states, “for he is thy life.”
We often get caught up in the thought that our life is our own to do with as we please. As a child of God, when we live as we please, we are taking what God rightfully purchased and doing what we want instead of what He desires.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Just because there is not immediate judgment or retribution over the sin we commit does not mean that we have transgressed or crossed the line. We cannot mistake God’s longsuffering for His approval with our behavior.
The way of life is set before us throughout scripture.
Micah 6:8 “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Living the life God has set for us will not be easy.
2 Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
We must remind ourselves that we will not be going through this life alone.
Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
We can become pressed out of measure, oppressed, and even depressed. But we must never give in to the lies of the devil that we should end this life that Christ has bought for us.
Choosing life is not always easy, but it must always be our choice.
When our last child was born, some complications led to a guarded pregnancy. Placenta previa was the condition, and it put my wife in jeopardy as well as our son. As we neared the time for delivery, I was able to talk with our doctor about many things.
In our discussion, she related to me the astronomical odds of conception taking place. In her own opinion, she said that new life couldn’t happen without God’s hand creating life in the womb.
Choosing life means respecting the life created at conception. To do anything other than nurturing and caring for that life, God created us to become a god unto ourselves, deciding who lives and who dies.
We are just willing participants in the creation process. We hold no power to create without the involvement of God. Only He possesses that kind of power.
John clearly states as much:
John 1:3-4 “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
Choosing life for an unborn child is one thing. Choosing life for ourselves is another.
Some will seemingly exist through this life, never experiencing what real life was meant to be. Others will allow their situation and circumstance to dictate their happiness and never know how to really live.
Choosing life with God can be one of the most exciting and adventurous things you will ever do. When we choose God’s way for our life, we are protected, provided for, empowered, and promised that He will see us through till the end.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
It is only when we are hurt, offended, weak, and so pressed out of measure that we entertain thoughts of death. Nothing could ever equal the death the one might experience in Hell.
Some might feel they are living Hell on earth. Things may have gotten so bad that ending your life would seemingly stop the pain and suffering. If you are not saved, what you feel now could never equal the eternal pain and suffering of Hell.
On this day, Good Friday, it behooves me to ask, “If you were to die today, where would you spend eternity?”
It is not a church, a pastor, a religious denomination, or anything other than the Word of God that promises eternal life 100% for sure.
1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
It is God’s promise. If it is not valid, He is a liar, and we are all in trouble.
As we approach the celebration of Resurrection Sunday, may you have the confidence that your eternal destiny is settled. If you would like to read further how you can know for sure you’re going to Heaven, click here.
(*) According to WHO (World Health Organization) 2016 data