Choosing God’s Way Is Choosing Life
In everything we do, we must choose God’s way over our own way. In fact, we must be willing to choose God’s way and no other way including our own way. Making that choice is in obedience to God’s word, or otherwise, our choice is tantamount to disobedience and is sinful. Choosing God’s way shows that we acknowledge Him as the Lord of our life.
But God does not impose His way on us, He has given us a choice. There are many texts in support of the choices we have to make when it comes to choosing God’s way but I want to focus on Deuteronomy 30:11-20.
In Deuteronomy 30:15, we are faced with two choices, which is really what everything is about: life and good, death and evil. Deuteronomy 30:15 (NKJV) states:
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil … ”
Which one are you going to choose? Of course most people will choose life and good, over death and evil. I hope you will also choose life be good. Other translations describe “good” as prosperity. But choosing life and good is not a matter of merely saying “I choose life and good over death and evil.” It demands that you walk in God’s ways and keep His commandments, statutes and judgments. It is only through walking in God’s ways that we can expect God to bless us. Deuteronomy 30:16 (NKJV) states:
“In that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.”
So how do we know God’s commandments, statutes and judgments, to enable us obey them and walk in His ways? The commandments, statutes and judgments of God are in His Word. And He tells us that His Word is not far from us. His Word is not in the Heavens or beyond the seas to give us an excuse that we do not have access to His Word. Instead, we are told that His Word is right here with us; in our mouths and our hearts. Deuteronomy 30:11-14 (NKJV) states:
“For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”
This is amazing, we have a choice between life and good, and death and evil. We are free to choose but if we do not choose life and good, we do not have an excuse. Another thing that is instructive to note is that we only get “good” when we choose life. The blessing of “good” follows our choice of life.When we choose God, we find life and obtain favour from God. Proverbs 8:35 (NKJV) states:
If we do not choose life, the consequences are dire. Those who do not choose life shall surely perish and their days may not be prolonged. Deuteronomy 30:17-18 (NKJV) states:
“But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.”
I pray your heart never turns away from the word of God and that you choose life and good. Here is what choosing life gives you:
“Therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 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; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NKJV)
Isn’t that great? The blessing of choosing life goes beyond us. It reaches our descendants. Indeed, God is our life and because He is our life, we will live the length of our days to enjoy that which He has given to us. Praise be to God!
Written by Kow Essuman, Esq.
The author is a barrister; qualified to practise law in England and Wales, New York and Ghana; a Global Shaper (Accra Hub) of the World Economic Forum and a firm believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ.