Every evening just before dark, we have to go out to check on the chickens and close up the chicken house. It never seems to fail that there will be a couple of chickens who just don’t want to go in. Now, anyone who has tried to get a chicken to go where it doesn’t want to go knows that you are facing a challenge. Chickens are fast, can turn on a dime, and jump straight up in the air in order to escape. Sometimes we get them to go in and at other times they end up choosing to take the risk of staying out and being eaten by a predator — just depends on our patience level.
Choices. We are faced with various choices each and every day in our lives. Sometimes they are simple choices: what shall I have for breakfast? And sometimes, they are more difficult choices: Should I apply for a new job or stay with the one I have?
However, there is another choice that every person has to make that can mean the difference between life and death. Moses told the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Hopefully, this Scripture will make a deep and lasting impression on you. Truthfully, every person wishes to have life and good things, and equally to escape death and evil. We naturally desire happiness and dread misery. We can better understand God’s compassion toward us when we hear that God is giving us a choice between life and blessings, or curses and death.
What does it take to choose life? It means that we believe in and love God above all else, and we will want to serve Him. And when you believe that Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, came to this earth to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, rose from the dead, and lives forever in heaven, you too can experience a joy that can only come from that knowledge. And nothing can take that joy away from you. No matter what happens in your life, good or bad, you can hang on to that joy in knowing you will have life eternal with Jesus. Since the fall of man, there has never been more than one way to heaven. It is through belief in Jesus and His finished work on the cross.
It is your choice to make: believe in God, thereby choosing life and blessings; or go on about your daily routine being miserable because you are choosing death and curses. It is true that no one lives eternally in this body that we have on earth. But choosing God means that after this body dies, you will have a new body in heaven with Jesus and will know nothing but joy.
So, don’t be like the chickens, the ones who hide, kick, squall, and jump straight up in the air to avoid the safety of the chicken house. About the time they are looking down the throat of a coyote (or Satan for people) they realize what a mistake they have made — only now it’s too late.
The Bible is full of warnings on not waiting until it’s too late. It doesn’t work the same as forcing chickens to go where they don’t want to go. Each individual person needs to decide — do I want to live under the arms of Jesus or live a life full of anxiety and worry.
Choose Jesus — don’t be left out of His grace and mercy.