Now Choose Life!

Written by Nina Schmidgall | February 22, 2011 | Deuteronomy 31 - 34

I am going to cheat a little.  Today’s reading is technically Deuteronomy, chapters 31-34.  But I was so moved by a Scripture in Deuteronomy 30 that I have to focus there. 

Going back a few weeks…I was reading “Soulprint” and Pastor Mark writes how our earliest memories are often some of our most defining.  He encourages an exercise to try to remember some of your very first memories.  As I was going to sleep that night, I tried to think of the earliest things I could remember.  Well, turns out, many of those memories were not pleasant!  I found myself pretty discouraged at the idea that these might have defined me.  I actually feel like God, in his redemption, has protected me from many early memories. 

Still feeling a little bothered by the memories I had kicked up, I recently attended a women’s conference with Speaker Christine Caine.  Christine found out as an adult that she was actually adopted and had been left as an infant, unnamed and unwanted at a hospital.  She shared that we have a choice of whether to be a victim of our history, our family story, our past…OR to be redeemed by our Lord.  In passing, she mentioned this verse that grabbed my heart with such force that I felt like the Lord had intended it specifically for me. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 “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.”

I heard the echo of the words: NOW CHOOSE LIFE!  Friends, we have a choice!  We can choose to be victims of where we come from or to be redeemed by our God and enter fully into the blessing He intends for us!  What a miracle, what a gift!