CHOICE IS OURS
A choice is thus present to the will: to love God or not to love Him; to obey or not to obey. The stakes are high: life or death, good or evil. Much is wrapped up in the term”life” here. It involves national stability and prosperity, abundant posterity, and the like, but it means more: to live in loving fellowship God, obeying his voice, “cleaving” (that is, clinging in warm affection) to him(vs 20). God’s greatest gift is himself. To live apart from Him is death.
The seriousness choice is indicated by the appeal to heaven and earth as witness(vs 19). The Deuteronomic writer is saying here: it you break the terms of the covenant, the angelic assembly will testify against you before God the judge and your punishment will be speedy and severe. The message is not simply an ancient one addressed to people of long ago. Life and death stand before us today as blessed and terrifying possibilities and the condition remains the same: obedience or disobedience to the voice of God who calls us and all human being into loving relationship with himself and with each other.
Written by Rev. Chandrasekhar Swain, India.