I'm reading through the Bible this year using "The Daily Walk Bible" from Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. The June 20th devotion said this:
"Memories, like fire, can both bless with warmth and burn with searing heat. As you look back over the first half of this year, do your memories give you more pleasure or pain?
Probably you experienced a bit of both sensations. As the psalmist reviewed Israel's history, he delighted in the faithfulness of God, who never failed his people, and despaired over the faithlessness of Israel, who repeatedly disobeyed God. The nation's history speaks eloquently of the pain of waywardness and the persistence of God in guiding his people down the path of righteousness and blessing.
If you were asked to write The History of My Life: Part 1, would it read like Psalm 106? Would it include pleasant memories of God's provision and painful memories of your rebellious moments? Have you thanked God for the former? Have you experienced God's forgiveness for the latter (1 John 1:9)? And have you learned a lesson in the process? Or are you -- like the Israelites in Psalm 106 -- repeating your errors and forfeiting God's blessing?"
I can't always control my circumstances -- some will be painful, and life will quake. But I can choose how I respond -- with despair or with faith -- with waywardness or with righteousness.
I am reminded of the words of Deuteronomy. Those Israelites had a choice, just like we do. God said to them through the prophet Moses:
Deut 30:19-20 This day I call heaven and 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 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him . . .
Today I choose life, I choose obedience, I choose FAITH!