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"I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth " Exodus: 34:10 (KJV)
What would you choose the good or the bad portion?

"This day I call heaven and earth as witness against you that I have set before y0u life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." Deuteronomy 30:19

 Today the Lord is placing before us the life and the death. It is for us to choose to life. Few examples are given below depicting their choice. Shall we resolve to choose life.

Esau and Jacob

Esau was the first born. Hence, he had the birthright in his family. One day Esau returned hungry from the country. Jacob was cooking stew. He asked Jacob to provide him some stew as he was famished. Jacob cleverly asked him to sell his birthright. Before his hunger, birthright seemed as a pittance for him. So, he said "Look I am about to die, what good is the birthright to me?" (Genesis 25: 29–34). At that time Esau did not realize the importance of the birthright, which he sold for a meal, was his inheritance as the firstborn soon. He stood to be head of a large extended family and its property. Though his brother Jacob took advantage of him, the Bible gives Esau little sympathy for his role as victim because he "despised his birthright" (Genesis 25:34) by letting his hunger overwhelm his concern for things of lasting value.

Ruth and Orpah

Ruth and Orpah were the daughters-in-law of Naomi. Naomi lost her husband as well as her two sons. She asked her daughters-in-law to get back to their parents for she had nothing more to give them. Orpah on hearing this kissed her mother-in-law but Ruth refused to leave her saying Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back form. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me , be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me (Ruth 1:8–18). Here, we find two unlikely friends as Ruth was young whole Naomi was old. Ruth came from a completely different ethnic and religious background. Orpah chose the worldly pleasures and was more concerned about her future. She was not more mentioned in the Bible. In contrast, Ruth chose spiritual blessings and she was very stern about what she chose. She received a blessing which she never dreamt of, that is, Lord Jesus came from her descent.

Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha were sisters. Both loved Jesus dearly. One day Jesus visited their house. They wanted to prepare all the delicacies for Jesus. Instead of helping in the kitchen, Mary sat the feet of Jesus to listen to what he said. Jesus considered that listening and abiding to God’s words are more important. When Martha complained about Mary, Jesus said to her, Martha, Martha, your are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:38–42).

We are also like Martha worried about so many things, in the process, loosing track of the main goal. Our goal is eternity, we are not going to live in this world forever. Our chief concern has turned out to be worldly. We want to buy cars, flats, reach a higher position in the office, venture into new avenues in business and so on. When will start thinking about eternity.

The Lord is reminding us once again about our eternity. Esau, Orpah and Martha chose the world whereas Jacob, Ruth and Mary chose life. History has recorded them as good examples for us. What will you chose today, life or death, eternal joy or eternal scorn, blessings or curse? It is in our hands to chose the portion kept before us.

I pray that God will help you to chose life so that you may receive blessings in this life and in the life to come.

May the Lord bless you.

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