“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity” (Deut. 30:15)
Jehovah sets before us life and death – He sets it in front of us, but He never forces it upon us. Is there any doubt which He would choose for us?! The God who made us in His image (Gen 1:26), calls us His children (1 Jn 3:1), sent His Son for our transgressions (Jhn 3:16), and prepared heavenly mansions for us (Jhn 14:2) certainly wants life and prosperity for us.
But He will only set it before us because you are made to choose. The glorious power of freewill is so sacred that even God Himself will not remove it. Every day people choose. We choose to seek wisdom like the Queen of Sheba or we choose to suppress truth. We choose to glory in tribulations or we allow our suffering to embitter us. We choose to recreate the failings of those who have gone before us or we choose to change our family tree.
Our choices define us – even if those choices are to do nothing. Nothing is a choice, too (Jas 4:17). You cannot control your circumstances, but you can control your own spirit.
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
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