Devotional: Choosing Life

I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
Psalm 118:17

Our attitude toward life needs to be totally positive. We cannot afford to be in any way negative or pessimistic or death-oriented. How many people yield tot he pressure of some situation and exclaim, “I wish I were dead!” Little do they realise that this death wish opens the way for all sorts of dark, negative forces to comes warming into their minds, and eventually to take overt heir personalities. What began as an idle, thoughtless reaction to a passing pressure can end as tragic reality.

In Deuteronomy 30:19 Moses confronts the Israelites with this very issue: “This day . . . I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, sot hat you and your children may live . . .” How many of us realise that life requires a choice on our part? We are not free to submit to circumstances with passive indifference and say, “What comes will come.” God sets a choice before us: on the one hand, life and blessings; on the other hand, death and curses. We cannot evade the issue. Not to choose is to make the wrong choice.

The choice we make will affect not only ourselves but also our descendants. Choosing life releases a stream that will flow down to succeeding generations. Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). To whom shall we yield—to Jesus or to the thief?

Faith’s Response

This day, Lord, according to Your Word, I choose life for myself and my descendants.

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