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Making Your Mind Up

By Obsidian Soul (Own work)

Some choices in life are really easy decisions, others less so.  Some choices have vital consequences, others not.  There are however, decisions of all kinds to be made every day, from whether to have a cup of tea to whether to move house.  Indecision is rarely an option.

Moses bring to the people the choice of their lives:

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (CEV)

15 Today I am giving you a choice. You can choose life and success or death and disaster. 16-18 I am commanding you to be loyal to the Lord, to live the way he has told you, and to obey his laws and teachings. You are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that he is giving you. If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.

On the other hand, you might choose to disobey the Lord and reject him. So I’m warning you that if you bow down and worship other gods, you won’t have long to live.

19 Right now I call the sky and the earth to be witnesses that I am offering you this choice. Will you choose for the Lord to make you prosperous and give you a long life? Or will he put you under a curse and kill you? Choose life! 20 Be completely faithful to the Lord your God, love him, and do whatever he tells you. The Lord is the only one who can give life, and he will let you live a long time in the land that he promised to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Basically, a choice between God and his ways, or their own way.  Success or failure…

Moses implores them to choose God’s ways, the way of life.  They are about to cross The Jordan and take up the land that God has promised to them.  The time has come to make a decision, it can no longer be dodged – so what will they do?  How will they live there?  To obey God and be loyal to all he has shown and told them?  Or reject his ways and do what they like?

Whichever it is, Moses warns them, there will be consequences.  Worshipping the foreign idols will take them away from God, being faithful to him will bring life.  The time has come.  A decision needs to be made one way or the other – which will it be?

It’s a choice that people continue to need to make for themselves, every day.  Today it is a choice for us to make.  Will I choose God and his ways, or not?

Purify My Heat

Lord,
today
and each day
I have to make a choice,
whether to choose you,
follow you
and your ways,
or not.

I choose you,
to live the way you ask of me,
to do all I do for you.
But you know
I cannot do that alone.
I need your strength,
your forgiveness,
your grace;
renew me Lord,
equip me
I pray,
for I long to live your way,
not mine

Choices, Choices

Life is full of choices.  Some are more important than others.  Choosing to eat the right food is important.  Choosing between which shirt to wear not so.  The decision taken by parliament last week not to support military action is Syria was life changing for many – especially those not making the decision.

There are, day by day, choices to be made; decisions to be taken.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 Today I am giving you a choice. You can choose life and success or death and disaster. 16-18 I am commanding you to be loyal to the Lord, to live the way he has told you, and to obey his laws and teachings. You are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that he is giving you. If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.

On the other hand, you might choose to disobey the Lord and reject him. So I’m warning you that if you bow down and worship other gods, you won’t have long to live.

19 Right now I call the sky and the earth to be witnesses that I am offering you this choice. Will you choose for the Lord to make you prosperous and give you a long life? Or will he put you under a curse and kill you? Choose life! 20 Be completely faithful to the Lord your God, love him, and do whatever he tells you. The Lord is the only one who can give life, and he will let you live a long time in the land that he promised to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Faith is not something we fall into.  It is not something we inherit.  It is not something that automatically happens. It is something we make a choice about – a deliberate decision.

I love that God gives us a choice.  We are not coerced into trusting him.  He doesn’t make us follow him.  Belief is not compulsory – it is a conviction we can choose or leave.  Rejecting God was, and is, a possibility.  Which makes choosing him something far more precious.

Neither is it a choice once for all.  Following God, or not, is an ongoing choice, moment by moment – to respond to him or not, to follow him or not, to choose his ways or not…

We are implored to choose life, to be faithful to God, to love him, and do what he asks; but the opposite is always possible.  The choice is ours.

Today, what is your choice and my choice?

To choose God’s ways, or to turn from them?

Thank you Lord,
that you give me a choice
it is up to me.
you do not compel me to follow you,
but invite me to go your way.

Forgive me Lord,
the times I make the wrong choices,
when going the other way
seems more exciting or interesting,
when I get distracted.

Help me to see the truth
of life your way
being the best way,
the true way,
the path to life.

Today
and everyday
help me to choose life,
to choose you,
to love you,
to live your ways.

Making a choice

Mr Pamsperambulation and I have been choosing our holidays.  Now this is notoriously a tricky business, involving exploring all the possible options and reading many reviews and much procrastination.  There is so much choice out there.

Yet how much does it really matter?  Yes it’s nice to have a lovely holiday, but at the end of the day, it’s for just a few days out of our lives.  If it should turn out to be horrendous (and  we’ve only ever been to 2 places that we wished we hadn’t been to in 26 years and many holidays, so that’s not bad going), we can always come home, find somewhere else, or put up with it.  It is not a choice that seriously effects our lives.

In this reading, Moses reminds the people that they have a serious choice to make:

between good and evil; between life and death; between God’s ways and going the other way.

A serious choice that needs to be made.

The way they chose to go was going to effect the life of the Israelites.  They had come to a crunch point in their journey.  They were about to cross the River Jordan and begin a new life.  What was the basis for that life going to be?

What about us?  Are we going to live our life in God’s ways?  To love him, do what he asks of us – or not.  The choice is ours.

Lord you give us a choice.

A stark choice I suppose.

Not about something frivolous,

but about the most important thing in our lives.

Are we going to go your way?

Or another way?

The choice is ours,

you aren’t going to force us.

So what will it be

for me, today?