Posted: Thursday, April 6
Verse of the day:
“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster.” (Deuteronomy 30:15)
Today. Today truly is a new day. It will be different from yesterday and different from tomorrow. No matter how similar your schedule is for today, today is its own day. So, what will you do with today?
As Moses was preparing the people to move into the Promised Land, he had a challenge for today. Today was a day of decision. Choices needed to be made. The people could choose to trust that God was finally bringing them into the place that he promised so long ago, or they could be like their parents and reject the plan of God and go their own way. The path ahead was not going to be easy. It would be filled with battles, long walks, days of rebellion and more. It was not going to be an easy path, but it was the path that would lead to life. The life of a new nation. A new nation with a land to finally call their own.
But if they chose to move away from God, to not trust him, it would lead to their disaster, to their death. That path may be easier, I mean they have been raised as a nomadic people. They don’t know a life of war, but a life of wandering. But, this time they would wander without the covering of God or their leader Moses. This time if they turned away, it would be the beginning of the end.
Today may not seem like a special day, just a typical Thursday. However, you make daily choices that bring you steps closer to life or to death. Take steps toward life today. Make plans now to call that loved one that has wander away from God’s path and invite them to join you for Easter service next week. Call a loved one and invite them to a Church musical, sunrise prayer service at a cemetery or other opportunities to hear the story of Jesus death and resurrection. Don’t stop after Easter has past. Keep making the daily decisions that bring us closer to life.
Moses says in verse 16-18:
“For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.
17 “But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, 18 then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.
Today the choice is yours. You can choose to love God and put him and his plan first, or you can choose to worship other gods or idols in your life. It is a daily decision. A choice you make for today, and when tomorrow comes you will have to make another daily choice to follow him. Life or death. Choose. Today.