Deuteronomy 11:26–28 (HCSB)
26 “Look, today I set before you a blessing and a curse: 27 there will be a blessing, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you today, 28 and a curse, if you do not obey the commands of the Lord your God and you turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known.
Isn’t this pericope a microcosm of the human situation?
God constantly moves forward with His plan. We see that the Israelites are absolutely going to be entering the land that God has promised them. There is no dependence upon their actions, their choices, their following God’s commands, at this point. God goes so far to name two mountains, one to proclaim the blessing from, one to proclaim the curse from, but both are in Canaan. So even if the Israelites choose disobedience, they will be in Canaan!
So this is our situation, just as it was the Israelites: we have the choice to obey or rebel, obedience to God, or disobedience. Not to go too far into the argument of reformed theology versus Arminianism, but this pericope seems to suggest we do have free will and choice to follow God or not. This doesn’t lessen God’s power or control at all, it simply means He has allowed us to willingly choose Him or deny Him.
And just as the Israelites were advised to take care in following God’s statutes, so we should take care in choosing Jesus, submitting to Him as our Lord and Savior, versus denying Him and going our own way.
Lord, thank You for being a God that allows true love: a freedom to willingly enter into a relationship with You. I have failed so many times in choosing You over myself, over the things of the world, but my heart is Yours, and I am Yours. I pray that all would know You, and their only reaction once they do is to love You. Amen.