A Life Choice

June 2, 2014

Deuteronomy 30:19-20  19…Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…

 

In more hostile places on the planet, life and death hinge upon simple, yet complex choices to accept the teaching of Jesus Christ, or to reject them.  A CNN headlines recently reported that, “Only a court can release a Sudanese Christian woman on death row.” Sudan's foreign ministry denied published reports that a woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith is expected to be released. “Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was condemned to die by hanging after she declined to profess she is a Muslim, the religion of her father” CNN said. It’s seems in the case of Mariam, a “life choice” might potentially lead her to her death. This seems at first to contradict God’s admonition to choose “life,” and thereby be blessed. How can being forced by penalty of death to renounce freedom found in Jesus Christ, be a blessing? How can choosing to live under repressive tyranny (to save your own life) be a life choice? If Miriam is eventually executed for her faith, she can at least stand before God and acknowledge the blessing of choosing His values, instead of her own values or those values others. The promise of God’s Word is very clear: If we choose to love, trust, obey, and follow Jesus Christ, we and our children will be blessed. Specifically, Moses said “hold fast” to God; “listen for his voice” and you will prosper. For me…it’s a very simple choice. For Miriam, it may have not been simple, but it’s bold, courageous, honorable, and faith-building. I truly respect the very courageous way she made her life choice, to die for Christ, rather than follow another.

 

Lord, Bless this Sudanese woman and her husband, as they choose to love and honor You in all things. Thank you for their example of a powerful, life-choice.

 

 

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