Moses’ Challenge

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Some 3,600 years ago, Moses delivered his final thoughts to the people of Israel. Among them were these words:

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. 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, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

Each day you have a choice, you can follow the path of death or follow the path of life. Sound dramatic? Actually, no, it is just reality.

There are those around us who are caught up in the whirlpool of death, but are confused into thinking that it is just the hectic pace of life that keeps them feeling unsatisfied. “I’ll get on top of it tomorrow”, they think. But tomorrow turns out to be just like today, and so it goes.

Choosing to consciously identify with God is identifying with life. Moses told Israel that each day they can love their God, listen to his voice and hold on tight to him. Moses told Israel that God is their life. 

If Moses were here with us today, he would repeat this challenge.

What are choosing for you and your family today? Are choosing death masquerading as life or you choosing life that is really life? Jesus is your life – joyfully accept the challenge!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.