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See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
With Eyes Wide Open
There are a lot of things in life over which we have no control. And we end up face all kinds of problems that we didn’t choose. In fact, we’re all forced to make decisions without understanding fully the consequences of our actions. Maybe it’s because we’re all limited, and we live in a world surrounded by limitations. I’m just not sure. But regardless of the cause, that just seems to be the way it is. And for that reason, I can certainly understand how a person might feel as though they’re navigating through life with their eyes tightly shut.
But that’s not the way it is with one decision we all have to make. You see, we have to decide either to trust God or to rely on ourselves, either to obey Jesus Christ or to do our own thing, either to structure our lives around love for others or to ground ourselves and our values on self-indulgence. This is a choice we all face. As a matter of fact, it’s a choice we’re constantly having to make. But in this case we’re not blind at all, because we know that by choosing to trust God and to obey Jesus Christ and to structure our lives around self-giving love, we’ll experience the presence of God in a real and powerful way. And so, even thought it might not apply to other aspects of our lives, this is a decision we can make with our eyes wide open.