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.
Recommended Reading: Romans 10:5-9
Every parent has been through the “It’s your choice” exercise with their children. They set out two alternatives, two possibilities, two choices—as well as the ramifications of each choice—and then let the child choose and live with the following consequences. Sometimes life gives us choices, the consequences of which are unknown. So we have to make our best decision and move forward. But in the spiritual and moral realms, choices are much clearer.
When Moses was preparing the Israelites to inhabit the Promised Land of Canaan, he set before them two ways of life: “life and good” or “death and evil” (Deuteronomy 30:15). He had previously spelled out for them the consequences of each way of life. Walking in covenant with God would bring life and blessing, but rejecting God’s ways would bring death and destruction. Joshua reiterated these choices to them again years later: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).
You will have choices to make today. Choose life and blessing by choosing the ways of the Lord.
Oh happy day that fixed my choice on Thee, my Savior and my God!
Philip Doddridge, “Happy Day”