Choose Life!

I was reading in the book of Deuteronomy 30 this morning and I came upon verses 19 and 20:

    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.

The first thing that struck me was simply that this is obviously the slogan and battle cry of the anti-abortion movement. They’ve used it for years. I am certainly and absolutely against abortion and the killing of any child – born or unborn – no matter what stage of development he or she is in.

The second thing that came to my mind is that abortion (or rather choosing to allow the baby to live) is not what the Lord is talking about here.

God the Father is speaking through Moses to the Israelites. The Jewish people have been wandering in the desert for 40 long and difficult years because of their disobedience and lack of faith.

Look at these verses along with a few of the preceding verses with me:

    Deut. 30:15-20

    (15) “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,
    (16) 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.
    (17) But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them,
    (18) I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.
    (19) 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;
    (20) 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.”

God is telling them here and in the previous verses that they have before them a choice. The choice is not whether to do one sinful act or another (abort or don’t abort, cheat or don’t cheat, steal or don’t steal, etc.). The choice is to choose life with God, or to choose life without God. We all have that same choice.

    Look at Romans 10:9-13
    (9) “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
    (10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
    (11) For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.
    (12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
    (13) For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

Therefore, I challenge you to “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.”

It’s a simple prayer to God that says “Lord I accept that Jesus is Lord and He died for me, and I want the eternal life you offer through Jesus’ death on the cross.” Then, start reading the Bible. Attend a Bible-teaching church. Questions? Feel free to put them in the comments below and I’ll respond. God bless you.

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