Title: Choose Life and Love God
Text: Deuteronomy 30:10-16, 19b
This commandment that I’m commanding you today isn’t too much for you, it’s not out of your reach. It’s not on a high mountain—you don’t have to get mountaineers to climb the peak and bring it down to your level and explain it before you can live it. And it’s not across the ocean—you don’t have to send sailors out to get it, bring it back, and then explain it before you can live it. No. The word is right here and now—as near as the tongue in your mouth, as near as the heart in your chest.
Just do it!
Look at what I’ve done for you today: I’ve placed in front of you
- Life and Good
- Death and Evil.
And I command you today:
- Love God, your God.
- Walk in his ways.
Keep his commandments, regulations, and rules so that you will live, really live, live exuberantly, blessed by God, your God, in the land you are about to enter and possess.
…(So from my own heart, I say) “Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give (you and) your ancestors (before you).”
Truth: Parents, there is no greater way to show you love God. Take the love that God has for you and then share that love with your children so they will embrace God’s love and share it with their children.
Thoughts: Of all the verses and images in the Bible, this one stands out in my heart. It is of Moses after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness with all the chosen families of God finally getting another opportunity to receive the promise of God – a new life in their own home land. But before they could enter the new land, they needed to learn to love God and trust Him with their very life. God’s people had to choose for themselves between what is “Life and Good” versus what is “Death and Evil.” It took them 40 long years before they understood and raised a new generation of children who loved God with all their heart.
However, sadly Moses realized something that is a tragedy (a sad story) to us. God knew Moses still had some stubbornness in his heart and as an example to His people and all his family, God chose not to allow Moses to enter the new land that God promised to His people. Yet, Moses shared his heart to all the families. Moses encouraged them to not stumble as he had done and always trust and obey God in all things. Moses told them to know in their heart the difference between Life and Good that God promised and Death and Evil that is for all others who choose to live on their own without God.
There are many things I wish I could change in my life; many choices that I made that I wish I did not. However, just like Moses, I am praying for each of you, my children and grandchildren, to not look to me as an example but listen to my words and look to God for how you and your children are to live your lives.
I am thankful for the rest of the story regarding Moses. The Bible is clear. Yes, Moses died before walking onto the Promised Land (Deut 32:48-52), however, he was blessed when Moses appeared on another mountain top, except this time with Jesus and his disciples (Mark 9:1-10) nearly 1000 years later.
So I say to my children – “Choose Life so you and your children will live a good life according to God’s plan and desire for you.”