Life and Blessing

Deuteronomy 30: 19-20, “…I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him…”

This instruction that was given to Israel in the the Old Testament still offers truthful insight for believers today because the freedom to make choices is taught throughout scripture- that is why the Bible is filled with commands and moral teachings.

This choice between life/blessing and death/curse, is like a stairway: Every time we choose life, we advance up the stairs; and when we choose death, we take a downward turn on the steps; therefore we need to keep choosing God’s way to advance upwards to life and blessing. It is interesting that the literal meaning of “blessing” in this verse means “to kneel: worship, praise, adore, and thank”; while “curse” literally means “to vilify or malign.” I wonder if we gain blessing as we choose to worship and speak well of our Savior, thereby experiencing life-giving restoration and wholeness (life); and, conversely, lose blessing when we choose to misrepresent or not speak well of Him.

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name.” (Psalm 29:2)

What are your thoughts?