The Bible App on my phone has a “Verse of the Day” feature. And I’m telling you, sometimes I am positive that God rearranges the schedule of verses just for me, because He knows the words I need to hear from Him that day.
After reading all those blistering bulletins of God’s wrath and judgment in Jeremiah’s prophecies and then focusing yesterday on being so, so grateful for God’s grace and Jesus’ rescuing me to live without terror of judgment but as a beloved child of God, I was refreshed yet again when I took a look at yesterday’s Verse of the Day:
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39)
Ah, yes! Familiar lines, but so reassuring of our hope.
Instead of hearing this message,
“No power in heaven or earth will keep my punishment from falling on you,”
we now hear,
“Come back to me. My love has cleared the way.
Nothing in heaven or earth can put you outside my love. ”
(Just an addendum to yesterday’s thoughts.)
Today, think about the choice before each one of us.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
That was the way Moses laid it out for the people of Israel. He reminded them of the covenant the Lord had made with them and everything God had already done for them. This is the key to life, he said. Stick to this covenant God has made with us.
Jeremiah relayed the words of the Lord, who described this choice as standing at a crossroads. “Look around,” He says, “and find the way of this covenant with Me. Travel that path, and you’ll find rest for your souls.” (see Jeremiah 6:16)
The crossroads for us is where we meet Jesus. We don’t have to look too hard for the right way—Jesus stands there and says plainly that HE is the way, HE is life, HE is the bread we eat that sustains a life forever.
A crossroads demands a choice. God made a covenant with us; Jesus sealed it with His blood. It will never be revoked or canceled. Are we going to choose the path of this covenant?
“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
The key to life for us — right here, right now, and in the forever — is still the same path. Love the Lord, obey Him, and commit firmly to Him.
Because our hope is confident. We are living an eternal life.
My heart is confident in you, O God.
More truth to make us confident:
Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Isaiah 51:6; Matthew 25:46; John 3:14-17; John 3:36; John 5:24,26; John 6:35-40; John 6:47-51; John 6:57-58; John 6:68; John 11:25-26; John 17:2-3; John 20:30-31; Romans 5:21; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Galatians 6:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14,17-18; 2 Timothy 1:9-10; Titus 1:1-2; Titus 3:7-8; Hebrews 2:14-15; Hebrews 5:8-9; 1 Peter 1:20; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 1 John 2:17; 1 John 2:24-25; 1 John 5:10-13, 20.
© Elaine Starner 2015