“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19, NKJV
Being free to make choices in life is one of the greatest liberties that we have, but it’s also one of our most underrated freedoms. Did you know that one of the most difficult adjustments for a person who is incarcerated is losing the freedom to choose? They lose the right to choose when they get up, when and what they eat, what they wear, what they do throughout the day, and even when they go to sleep. It comes as a real shock to most inmates because up until the moment those prison doors are closed they have been in control of their choices. In other words, punishment, in this case, equals losing the ability to make choices in life.
God reminds us in the scripture above that we have the liberty of making decisions everyday, and those decisions have significant consequences. Decisions that will either bring life or death, blessing or cursing into our lives and the lives of our children. But knowing that our decisions are important shouldn’t cause us to fear making them; rather, it should cause us to draw closer to God throughout the process.
That’s why in the very next verse, verse 20, God tells us this: “That you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days….”
The platform for making good choices in life comes from choosing to love God, listening to His voice and clinging to Him. I don’t know about you, but the older I get the more dependent I get on Him!
I appreciate that in God’s master plan He chose to give us all a free will, and in doing so He empowers us to make choices in life. Did you get that? He empowers us; He won’t make them for us. But He does offer to give us the wisdom we need to make the right ones—if we’ll just ask Him. In James 1:5 it says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
So, regardless of the types of decisions you are facing today, I encourage you to trust God, who gave you a free will and a sharp mind, for the wisdom to guide your decision making process. I believe that God will give you the wisdom you need to make the right choice as you follow after Him. You are free to choose, therefore choose life.
Say It: “Father, I ask You today to fill me with Your wisdom. I’m making some important decisions today and I really need to know that I’m making the right ones. I want to make the right choices to receive life and a blessing. I decide to choose life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”