Verse of the Day Devotion: Deuteronomy 30:15
“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity;” – Deuteronomy 30:15
This is a great verse that shows the free will of mankind. Moses is speaking to Israel informing them that he will not be crossing the Jordan river into the promised land. “So Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. And he said to them, I am a hundred and twenty years old today; I am no longer able to come and go, and the LORD has said to me, You shall not cross this Jordan.” Deuteronomy 32:2. He then tells them that Joshua will lead them over the Jordan.
He also has reminded them what the Lord had done for them in Egypt and during their forty years in the wilderness. He reminds them of the covenant God established with them, that they would be His people here on the earth. He reminds them of the nations they encountered and what happened to them on account of their sins and abominations. He then brings forth this promise. “Then the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground, for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers; if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.” Deuteronomy 30:9-10
He then adds that this commandment is not difficult. “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.” Deuteronomy 30:11. It is not impossible to keep His commands. It is not even that difficult. The reason for this is, at the end of verse ten above, ‘if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.’ If they did this, then they would naturally keep His commands. If they did not, then they would not keep them.
So, based on the above, Israel was given a choice and we read this in our focus verse and the next. “if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul. in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.” Deuteronomy 30:15-16. The choice was either life and prosperity or death and adversity. Life and prosperity if they follow His ways, or death and adversity if they do not.
Today, we have, in essence, the same choice. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16. And also, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 We can either love God with all we have and because of this love obey Him in all ways and receive eternal life, or we can choose not to love Him with everything we have and because of this not obey Him and receive eternal damnation. He loves us so much He gave us this choice. And this is the message we must tell the world just as Moses told the Israelites. Our eternal future depends on how we respond to this choice.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.