BLESSINGS, CURSES AND CHOICES

Something in us cringes at words like “obey my commands”.

Our human nature is wired to be self willed, my own person, the captain of my soul.

Our culture exalts an independent spirit, a self made man, a free spirit.

The word ‘submission’ is not a popular one. It represents being under someone.

Israel struggled with the same thing. Nothing is new.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse-the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from the way that I command you today, by following other god’s which you have not known.”

God has set Israel up for a good and blessed life, if they choose to obey Him. A curse if they turn to other gods.

The choice is theirs. Will they submit to God and His good ways or put themselves in charge and pursue their own way?

Once again, we have to ponder, are we any different?

We say we want blessing and not a curse, yet our choices prove us wrong too many times.

We would rather suffer the consequences of our poor choices than submit to the wisdom and counsel of God.

There is this snake that whispers to us ” go ahead, eat the fruit, you surely will not die.”

We think that if we pursue what we desire, we will be fulfilled. If only I can do things my way, I will be satisfied. It is a trap.

He warns us, He provides, He knows. He is life.

Time and time again He has proven that we can trust Him.

But will we?

“This day I call heaven and 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.” Deuteronomy 30:l9,20

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