“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20
We are approaching the end of the Book of Deuteronomy, and thus, the Pentateuch. Moses is giving last instructions to the people as they are readying to cross into the land promised by God. He is reminding the Israelites of their failings in the past, and warning them of their potential to move away from God in the future, and so they have two choices they can make.
The first, to be faithful to God who has shown his care for them through the wilderness. In doing so, they will know abundant blessings. The second choice is a tragic one; if they choose to abandon God’s ways, he will have no choice but to abandon them. In this we see God’s gift to us, that of free will. He desires us to love Him with our whole heart, but He will not force us to do so.
Deuteronomy also tells us, God gives us a way back to Him when we have fallen away. In effect, it is our Lenten journey, to turn back to the Lord with our whole heart and the Lord will bring us back to our restored relationship with Him.
Let us too take heed of this promise, and seek to love God with our whole mind, whole heart, whole body and all our strength. That, in moments of our weakness, let us ask for strength to remain faithful, and turn back to Him as His dear children.
May God bless you.