This day I call the heavens and the 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. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
Life is all about choices, and what a tremendous and terrible choice God has set before us! We can choose life, and by doing so, enter into the blessings of God. God will speak to us, and we will hear his voice. He will lead us from blessing to blessing. But we can also choose death, and be cursed by God. Under his curse, we would descend into utter corruption and death. This choices is set before each of us, and each of us must therefore choose. The free will to choose is an unavoidable condition of every human being. But God, in his kindness, has not put us in darkness so that we cannot see the consequences of the choices we make. He has set us in the light and provided us with everything we need to make the wisest of choices.
Lord, I know that you have given me the power to choose, and in choosing life, I honor you. But still within me is the power to turn away from you, and I tremble at it. Now that I have made a choice to love and obey you, keep me always moving toward you and let me never turn away. And as you have shown me the joy of obedience, let me help others to make the same choice.
Choosing life is not a single decision, but many. I think that we underestimate the gravity of the daily choices we make. Following God is determined not only by the one big decision we must make at the time of our conversion but also in the many small decisions that we make throughout each day. Perhaps the most profound act of worship is not found in a worship service where we corporately praise God and offer our prayers, but in private when no one is watching, and we choose to obey God rather than fall into temptation. It may also help to consider each day as a little life. So here’s a pattern of daily worship that may help. Decide in the morning to follow in the ways of God. Honor God with the choices you make throughout the day. And at the close of the day, thank God for his presence as He walked with you.