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Choose Life!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

Numbers 30:19-20a

"This day I call heaven and 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 and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him."

Here is a news flash: YOU CANNOT MAKE DECISIONS FOR PEOPLE! Frequently we parents wish we could somehow make the right decisions for our kids that would keep them free from harm and danger—but we can’t!

Back when I was a Juvenile Probation Officer, I seemingly had the lives and future of these delinquents in my hands. It was an awesome responsibility. Repeatedly I would explain the consequences of their actions only to discover within a short time that they had been arrested yet again.

I have to admit that it would have been easy to give up on these kids, but often I was the only one who was on their side (even if they didn't know it). I tried to point out the consequences of continuing walking down the wrong path. It was similar to what Moses held out for the people in today's Scripture.

That same challenge remains true for us today. The Lord has set before us life or death—blessings or curses. Not only are we to choose life, but we are to keep on choosing it.

Joshua was Moses' successor in leading the Israelites to possess the land God had promised. In Joshua 24:14-15 he gives us this fantastic passage: "Now fear the LORD and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." I’m with you, Joshua!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil


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