Deuteronomy 30:19 - Choose Life!

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT) Today I have 
given you the choice between life and death, 
between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven 
and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, 
that you would choose life, so that you and your 
descendants might live!  


God doesnt force his will on anyone. He 
lets us decide whether to follow him or reject 
him. This decision, however, is a life-or-death 
matter. God wants us to realize this, for he would 
like us all to choose life. Daily, in each new 
situation, we must affirm and reinforce this 
commitment. [Life Application SB] 


   If God were to remove all evil from our 
world (but somehow leave human beings on the 
planet), it would mean that the essence of 
"humanness" would be destroyed. We would become robots. 
   Let me explain what I mean by this. If 
God eliminated evil by programming us to perform 
only good acts, we would lose this distinguishing 
mark - the ability to make choices. We would no 
longer be free moral agents. We would be reduced to 
the status of robots. 
   Let's take this a step further. Robots do 
not love. God created us with the capacity to 
love. Love is based upon one's right to choose to 
love. We cannot force others to love us. We can 
make them serve us or obey us. But true love is 
founded upon one's freedom to choose to respond. 
   Given the choice, I would rather be 
responsible for my actions than be a robot without 
responsibility! Are you using your ability to make decisions 
wisely - and using it for God?  
   Think about the number of choices you 
made in the last 24 hours.  What did you do with 
all that freedom?  How many of your choices were 
made with God and his will in mind?  [Hope for 
Each Day by Billy Graham] 


   "The wages of sin is death; but the gift 
of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our 
Lord." Romans 6:23. While life is the inheritance 
of the righteous, death is the portion of the 
wicked. Moses declared to Israel: "I have set before 
thee this day life and good, and death and evil." 
Deuteronomy 30:15. The death referred to in these 
scriptures is not that pronounced upon Adam, for all 
mankind suffer the penalty of his transgression. It 
is "the second death" that is placed in 
contrast with everlasting life. 
   In consequence of Adam's sin, death 
passed upon the whole human race. All alike go down 
into the grave. And through the provisions of the 
plan of salvation, all are to be brought forth 
from their graves. "There shall be a resurrection 
of the dead, both of the just and unjust;" "for 
as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all 
be made alive." Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 
15:22. But a distinction is made between the two 
classes that are brought forth. "All that are in the 
graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; 
they that have done good, unto the resurrection 
of life; and they that have done evil, unto the 
resurrection of damnation." John 5:28, 29. They who have 
been "accounted worthy" of the resurrection of 
life are "blessed and holy." "On such the second 
death hath no power." Revelation 20:6. But those 
who have not, through repentance and faith, 
secured pardon, must receive the penalty of 
transgression--"the wages of sin." They suffer punishment 
varying in duration and intensity, "according to 
their works," but finally ending in the second 
death. Since it is impossible for God, consistently 
with His justice and mercy, to save the sinner in 
his sins, He deprives him of the existence which 
his transgressions have forfeited and of which 
he has proved himself unworthy. Says an 
inspired writer: "Yet a little while, and the wicked 
shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider 
his place, and it shall not be." And another 
declares: "They shall be as though they had not been." 
Psalm 37:10; Obadiah 16. Covered with infamy, they 
sink into hopeless, eternal oblivion.  [GC544,5] 


Our Choices Define Us
   Once you make choices, your choices make 
   What do I mean by that? Its easy to 
think your life is defined by what happens to you. 
But the truth is that your life is defined by 
the choices you make. 
   Its undeniable that bad things happen 
all the time. We live in a broken world. You 
dont always choose right. Other people dont 
always choose right. We all get hurt. 
   But what happens to you is not nearly as 
important as the way you choose to respond. Some 
people are built up through difficult situations. 
Other people are broken by them. For some people a 
bad experience is a stumbling block. For others 
its a stepping-stone. 
   If you take two people and put them in 
the exact same pain, one may succeed while the 
other fails. Why? Because of the choices they 
   You cannot control many of your life 
circumstances, but you can control how you decide to 
respond. You can choose whether things make you 
bitter or better. 
   Think about your future. Where do you 
want to be in 10 years? In 20 years? 
   Without even knowing you, I can tell you 
where youre going to be. Just tell me what 
youre choosing right now. The choices you make 
today determine where you will be tomorrow. 
   Wise people are always asking: What do I 
need to do today to get me where I need to be 
   The book of Deuteronomy tells how God 
gave his people a choice: If you obey [me], 
you will live and become successful and 
powerful (Deuteronomy 30:16 CEV). The children of 
Israel would make their choice, and then their 
choices would make them. 
   The same is true for you. God puts 
choices in front of you every day. What you do with 
your choices will determine the person you 
become. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


Deuteronomy 30:19, 20 - We Have a Choice: 
Life or Death. 


Joshua 24:15 - Choose This Day Whom You Will 
Serve. (update) 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred