• Arie Hill

Bound By Choice



I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that 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; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” ~Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I love that these two verses sound like tradition wedding vows:


"I take you to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy law."


Our pledge to God is to love, obey, and hold fast to Him all the days of our life.

In this passage, God is giving us a choice: Choose life, that you may live... by loving the Lord your God...

Love is a choice. We choose to love our God every day, to choose Him above all others. We do the same with our spouse and our children. We love them above all others, caring for them and their needs.


But how do we show God we love Him?

We've said it. We think it. We sing about it randomly when it comes to us.

We obey His voice.

Obedience is a choice. We choose to do what the Lord says based on His promises. He will lead us to still waters (Psalm 23:2), the rock that is higher than I (Psalm 40:1), place our hind's feet on high places (Psalm 18:33), He will be our refuge, our shelter, our strength (2 Samuel 22:3). Every good and perfect gift is from Him (James 1:17) because He provides our needs (Psalm 111:5) and equips us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17). We trust that when we obey what God calls us to do, He will make a way for us, provide every need, gives us the strength and the power through His Holy Spirit to go the distance.


So what happens when our choice to love and obey get too heavy to bear? When giving up is worth the walking away?

And by holding fast to Him...

Holding fast to Him is a choice. We choose to cling to Him with everything we have.

Remember, we made the choice to love and obey because He promised life to us in the land of our forefathers and eternal life in the time to come. We chose to take up our cross and follow Him all the days of our life because we named Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

For better.

For worse.

For richer.

For poorer.

Until death reunites us once again.


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