March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017


Focus Verse: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Deuteronomy 30:19-20


I love this verse. Especially this line: “This is the key to your life.” I think sometimes we forget Who made us. And when we forget Who made us, we lose sight of why we were made. If we don’t have a God who created us, then we don’t have any purpose from Him. If we don’t have any purpose from God, then we are free to create our own purpose. We can be as great or as menial as we strive to be.


I could get into an entire book on the philosophy behind both sides of this (and I would really love that) but that’s for another time. For today, let’s just look at the Lord. I love how clearly His heart shines through here. He knows the best decision for us; He made us. He knows what makes us tick and how we work best. The way we work best is under the guidance He has given us. Can those guidelines be restrictive? Yes, but they ultimately lead to more freedom than you will ever experience without them.


God pleads with us to follow Him. He is begging us in this verse to choose life! To follow the road that leads to Him because He knows that’s where we will find ultimate satisfaction. We will be ultimately disappointed with anything we try to find meaning in that is limited to this world. It simply won’t last.


If you see the Father’s heart behind this, it doesn’t make His commands burdensome, it makes them a joy. When we see how much He loves us, it makes it our highest goal to run after Him, to please Him, to serve Him; not out of obligation, but out of complete love and devotion.


Doesn’t that sound like a rich life? It can be yours today if you commit to Him. Your move.

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