“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life…”
Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a, NIV*
Moses is winding up his recitation to the Israelites of God’s faithfulness in their journey. Their choices will shape their future. He’s previewed the blessings and warned of the curses. He leaves them with a motto for life.
Love the LORD Your God
- it’s a heart and spirit response
- it has active implications – don’t just feel it, do it
Listen to His voice
- be diligent to hear
- be diligent to obey
Hold fast to Him
- cling to Him
- rely on Him as an anchor and fortress
We always need a reason why, even if it’s just that God says so and we choose to trust Him. Moses answers the question: “The LORD is your life.”
Holy and eternal God, You are our life. We’re not whole when we’re not close to You. Help us love You, help us listen to You, help us cling to You, so we can live. Thank You for such grace that gives us this gift!
Here’s John Waller’s “The Blessing.”
*THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
These words are so “to the point”. God is very clear in setting the truths about life and death before us — and yet, people try to complicate it. Thank you for another great post.
Thanks, Margaret! Yes, we’re so good at complicating things…