Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Tuesday, July 7th: Deuteronomy 30-31, Acts 7:22-43 ~ Nathan
Some of the things that stood out for me in the reading from Deuteronomy are found in chapter 30, where Moses asks the Israelites twice to chose between living for God or living for themselves.
The Israelites are first given a choice in verse 15: "See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction" and then again later in verse 19:" 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".
In both cases they are given a choice, and it's followed up by a strong recommendation to follow God. We are also given the freedom to follow God or not. God gives us this freedom to chose because He wants us to decide for ourselves if we want to follow Him , and not to do it for other reasons. We know the end result for either decision, so why is it hard sometimes to then make the right decisions? Maybe we need to go back to these verses as a reminder.
In our reading from Acts, we read about Moses, who made the choice to obey God, even when others were against him. This obedience wasn't easy, and I'm sure was filled with frustration many times, yet Moses continued to make the choice to follow God.