March 3

Deuteronomy 28-29, Psalm 62

C.S. Lewis said, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Though people like to consider themselves, “pretty good”, God has never allowed that as an option. Though most, when asked, feel they deserve heaven, the opposite is true. As sinners we deserve hell. Only by the blood of Christ do we, the imperfect sinners that we are, get to share heaven with our perfect God.

In Deuteronomy 28, Moses clearly lays it out before the people. The choice was theirs. Free will has always been at the core of God’s plan, then and now. Without free will there can be no real love. From the very beginning of the story, Adam and Eve had the free will to make a choice. They chose incorrectly, and sin entered the world. Notice the word, “all”, in the blessings on obedience in Deuteronomy 28:1-2, “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:”. We see the word “all” also being used for the curses on disobedience in Deuteronomy 28:15, “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:”. In the Letter by James, he writes, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”(James 2:10).

Now, we know that we who are in Christ are not under the law, and the law was given to us to point us to make us realize our need for a Savior (Galatians 3:19-24). But, we still have the choice both to determine our eternity and whether we as individuals will experience God’s blessing individually and nationally, while on Earth. It still comes down to our free will.

There are so many parallels between our nation and Israel. While God was initially at the center of life in the United States, He has now, for the most part, been cast aside in our society. God cannot continue to bless this behavior. May we all pray for revival nationally. As for ourselves, may we consciously choose God continuously. Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato