Deuteronomy 30:15-19 – Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:15-19
 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

-The Bible teaches that when we are tempted, we should never accuse God of tempting us, for God can neither be tempted with sin nor tempt others with sin (James 1:13).  But, we also know that God is in control of everything so He is ultimately responsible for everything that happens in our lives (Isaiah 45:7).  How do we reconcile these two facts?  How can He be responsible for things that tempt us, yet not be responsible for tempting us?  The key is in the word “tempt” which means “to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral”.  As we see in today’s scripture, God does set before us the path of good and the path of evil, but the key is that the Lord explains the consequences of both and encourages us to choose good and life.  The Lord doesn’t want us to sin, He wants us to succeed.  “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

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