“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, love the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that he LORD swore to your father’s, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” — Deuteronomy 30:19-20
At the end of the book Deuteronomy, after the Lord’s patience for His people has been tested MANY times and after He has laid out before them two options and their cosequences: obey and prosper under your God’s mighty hand an protection, or disobey and be destroyed by the Almighty and all of His power, we see a desperate plea given to the Israelites, and to all of the Lord’s people, via Moses to CHOOSE LIFE!
The Lord, our God, wants us, is even pleading with us, to choose life, to choose obedience to Him and the blessings that will bring us! That’s amazing love right there! In this passage we can see that His utmost desires have not changed! Since the moment He created us He has desired for us life to the fullest, in communion with Himself, and that desire never changed, even after we trampled all over His plans!
So we now have a choice to make, the consequences of which are massive. Will we choose to live in obedience to God and reap the amazing blessings of His eternal love and protection and an eternal life lived in communion with the Almighty, or will we choose to live in disobedience to God because we think our way is better and instead reap His hand eternally against us in hatred and wrath and an eternal life lived apart from him, forever!
God’s will is absolute and sovereign, but as it shows in this passage we are given options as His people and through the power of the Holy Spirit, of which the consequences are already planned out and will inevitably lead to His purposes and His glory. It is up to us whether we want to choose life as the Lord is pleading with us to do and has given us the ability to do (Deut. 30:11), or choose death.