Life and death

This weekend I was telling a friend how black and white I see life … And yet I somehow also see life as a series of ideals. This just didn’t make any sense to me. How could I have it both ways???

For example, I truly believe that homeschooling is the best way to train up our children. Black and white.

And yet, I also know that not everyone is able to homeschool for one reason or another and I know without a doubt that God can work good in even the worst of situations. I remember how hard it was for me when my son went to our local public school for part of his 2nd and 3rd grade years. Yet, I am firmly convinced that God used that time for each of our good.

I am loving my Scripture Typer memory verse app. One of the passages I am working on is this:
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

In this passage, I see that black and white. That life vs death. That blessing vs curse.

Yet I also see that series of ideals – that loving the Lord, that obedience to His voice, that holding fast to Him.

I can already hear some of you screaming, “What??? That’s still black and white!”

And yes, that is still black and white. We are each either in obedience or disobedience. We are each either loving Him or not loving Him. But I have learned that each of us in our daily lives are being called to a different ministry, a different deed.

Noah was called to build an ark and he obeyed. Abraham was called to leave Haran and strike out on his own, to go where God told him. David was not called to build the temple, but his son, Solomon, was.

We each are called to walk in the obedience of faith. Each of us have life and death, blessing and curse, laid before us. All of us are commanded to love God, to obey His voice and hold fast to Him and yet that may look different from the outside for each and every one of us. All of us are commanded to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourself. This is black and white. Yet how that is lived out will look different for each of us.

So, I tell you, as your sister in the Lord, CHOOSE LIFE! Make the tough choices. Obey His voice for He is good. Hold fast to Him. He is your life and length of days. I desire to see you in the land of the living. I desire to walk alongside you as each of obey the Lord’s call.

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