i am a new testament girl. i love me some romans, matthew and james- well, really all of it is great.
(revelation tends to be avoided at times) but i could just soak in all that Jesus goodness for hours. warm fuzzies just thinking about it.
but the old testament, that’s another story. i’m not kidding when i tell you i’ve started to read the Bible countless times all the way through, and i always quit in leviticus. my brain hurts trying to keep all the rules straight, and that brings me back to math class in high school, and that is just a plain bad memory!
so this year i resolved to read through the whole bible. leviticus shall be conquered i cried, creepy parts and all! and guess what? it has. i found a chronological bible online, and you might as well call me their newest saleswoman. i love this thing!
tonight, in the silence, i curled up and read this:
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, love the Lord your God, obey Him, and remain faithful to Him.
for he is our life…”
– Deuteronomy 30: 19-20
abba is life.
He isn’t just the author of life,
He IS life.
and sweet savior gives us the choice, shall we choose life, or shall we choose death?
now i don’t know about you, but in theory i will choose life 10 times out of 10. if you are sane, i think you would too.
but in practice, do I?
today in my journal i wrote:
life = God
not life = husband/family
now these “not life” things enhance life and make it rich and beautiful. but they are not the essence and beginning of creation. strong hands that sculpted stars and poured oceans, ah yes, those are the hands of a potter that breathed love into dry bones and life into what was not.
“if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, i declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed.” – Deut 30:17-18
choosing anything but the potter leads to destruction
which leads to death
i yearn to choose life.
to choose life more often.
to choose HIM more often
and today, we get to choose.
will we run to fuel on LIFE
or will we continue pouring ourselves into things that while lovely,
do not fill, recharge, renew,
and never will.
let’s choose life together.
and who knows, maybe in the process, the old testament will grow on us?
it has for me:)