I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
We live a life of conditions, a series of if…then statements. If I work 40 hours on my job, then my paycheck will be a certain amount. If I honor my curfew, then I won’t be grounded. If I drive too fast, then I might receive a ticket. If I brush my teeth, then I will have fresh breath. If I only eat candy, then I will have cavities. The list is endless!
The Lord grants mankind free choice. This makes us different from all other created beings. We must choose to follow Him. He lays out in his word the consequences that follow our choices. Read all of Deuteronomy chapter 28. He lists blessings of obedience and curses of disobedience.
Even the free gift of salvation depends upon us. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, then you shall be saved.”
God spoke to King Solomon when he dedicated the temple: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
The pattern is clear. We have a responsibility to choose good and refuse evil. Many times people want to blame God when they suffer consequences due to their own choices. God is true to His word. We must be true to ourselves as we examine our circumstances and alter our choices in order to receive God’s blessings.
Eternal life is contingent upon your choice today!