September 2

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live…” vs. 19

The Israelites had been set free from their bondage in Egypt by the grace of God and had been formed into a people by their experience in the wilderness. Now they faced a critical moment–ahead lay life and death, blessings and curses–their future would depend on their choices. There are some who say that humanity now stands at a similar juncture. God has showered blessings upon all people–we have reaped the bounty of creation. Blessings and curses lie ahead–our future depends on our choices. It now appears to many that our unprecedented prosperity has come at a great environmental cost. Global warming is changing our world even faster than scientists have predicted and the effects are unmistakable. Important decisions have to be made quickly–there isn’t time to spare. Will it be life or death? How will our failure to make hard choices affect the lives of our descendants? What kind of future are we bequeathing to them? Those are big questions and it remains to be seen if we have the collective will to make the right choices, particularly if they involve financial sacrifice. We know how things turned out for Israel–they chose death and curses and lost their nation. Perhaps there’s a different ending for us! The choice is in our hands!

Thought for the Day: What difference do our individual choices make?

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