See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but salt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 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:20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
We must never forget that where we are in our life right now is due largely in part to the decisions we have made in the past. Where we will be in the future will be determined by the decisions we make today.
There are some things we can learn about our decision making process from this passage of scripture.
- Every decision we make is either life or death, in other words every decision we make either draws us closer to God, or pushes us further away from God
- Every decision we make has rewards or consequences attached to it
- Every decision we make not only effects us but those closest to us
(Immediate family members)
So the next time your getting ready to make a decision ask yourself these three questions:
- Is my decision going to draw me closer to God or push me away from God?
- Is my decision going to have a reward or a consequence tied to it?
- Is my decision going to hurt or help those closest to me?
If the answer to those questions is God, rewards, and help…then you will always choose life.
Pastor David Blouin