Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.
As Moses prepared God’s people to enter the promised land after more than forty years in the desert, he challenged them to follow God and choose life. “I command you today,” he said, “to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him . . . then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you.” Further, Moses said, “Listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.”
The instructions seemed simple enough, and yet the people struggled constantly with sin and disobedience. With rebellious attitudes and actions they broke their promises to God generation after generation.
But throughout all that time God remained faithful. The people couldn’t hold on to him, but God held on to them. And eventually he sent his own Son to become one of them, a child of Israel, a son of Abraham. He would live without sin, and he would shepherd the people to live by God’s Word.
When Jesus came, he taught and healed people, and he showed that he is the faithful shepherd for all who will listen. “My sheep listen to my voice,” he said. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28).
Do you hear his voice? Listen to him. He loves you and will never let you go.
Lord Jesus, teach us to walk in the way of life. Guide us to listen, obey, and trust your Word always. In your name, Amen.
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