How To Deal With Good And Evil

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.  If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.  But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess.  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,  loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

These six verses are what follows the verses I wrote about in my previous post It Is In Our Hearts.  In verse 11 through 14 Moses tells the people of Israel that the word of God is very near.  It is in your heart and in your mouth.

In verses 15 through 20 Moses continues by letting the Israelites know how simple life really is.

God has set before us life and death, good and evil.  These are the facts of life.  Life and death are a part of our lives and throughout time there has been and always will be good and evil.  This is the balance in the world, a balance that exist in and with everything of this world.

We all have and experience as much good as evil.  But how do we deal with it?  How do we separate good from evil when both come to us in many different ways, some more subtle than others?

We deal with it and survive by making room in our hearts for God, where the word resides as Moses says in verses 11-14.

Now in verses 15-20 he explains to the Israelites the consequences of not making that room in your heart, not realizing that the word resides in your heart.

Verses 17-18

But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess.

If you do not let God reside in your heart, if you do not realize that the word of God is in your heart then the line between good and evil becomes blurred.  Evil is no longer discernable and you lose your ability to deal with it, be it subtle or pronounced.  And thus death, a spiritual and moral death, finds its way into your heart and your righteousness and desire for righteousness will perish.

Moses tells the Israelites this in the final verses 19 and 20.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,  loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Moses talks of the balance in the world, the choice of life and death and implores his people to choose life, spiritual life, righteous life.

How do you make this choice?

Moses tells you that in verse 20:

…loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him…

In verses 11 through 14 from my earlier post Moses tells us that God is in our hearts, we need not look any further.  We need to realize this and make room in our hearts in order to receive the word.

And in 15 through 20 Moses tells us to listen and hear the word of God that resides in our hearts and to keep it there.  If we do we will live a long and prosperous spiritual life.

Evil and death will still surround us, but if we pay attention to the word in our heart and continue to expand the room in which it lives, then evil and death can and will be dealt with.  There will be no room for evil and death to enter our hearts.

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