Much of what we read in the Proverbs is a study in contrast, righteousness verses wickedness, generosity over stinginess, life as opposed to death. Clearly, one of the themes, not just in Proverbs, but in the entire Bible, is choice. There are two sides to life and we must choose which side we will be on. And we can’t just decide that we’ll wait on making that decision, because the middle of the road is where we will dwell. That approach to life is, in reality, a choice. We must choose. Moses wrote down some of God’s words for us in the book of Deuteronomy about our choices.
“This day I call the heavens and the 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. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Life and death, blessings and curses, the choice seems so simple. Why not choose life?
And the section of Proverbs today has other choices, wisdom or foolishness, righteousness or ungodliness.
“Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives. If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!” Proverbs 11:29-31
The fool serves the wise; it seems like a clear choice to choose wisdom. The tree of life is the reward for the righteous; it seems like a clear choice to be covered in the righteousness of Christ.
This day God calls heaven and earth as witnesses. He has set before us the choice of life or death, blessings or curses.
“Now choose life!”
Lord, I choose You. You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. I choose You.