In Part 1, we talked about how a new year not only comes in the middle of our own life story, but also well into God's plan for His world.
God, a much wiser parent than me, gives us simple, straightforward choices, too.
This day I call on heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. 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.--Deuteronomy 30:19a
Following simple instructions first is how we grow up in God. Just like a toddler learns that she is not the center of the universe by doing what she does not want to do so that she can get what she does want, so do we.
We acknowledge sin so we can enjoy the benefits of truth.
We repent so that we may be saved.
We forsake sin so we can approach God.
We do not want to do any of these things, but this is the choosing God commands, the casting of our lot with life rather than death.
And like a good parent, God not only tells us what to do, but why to do it.
Listen to His voice and hold fast to him,
For the Lord is your life.--Deuteronomy 30:19b
We not only follow the Lord to attain life, but the Lord IS Life. Life is not the blood that beats in our veins or the breath that fills our lungs. It is not thoughts or actions or desires. Life is HIM. When we choose Him, we choose the life we were born to, the life we walk through, dream through, fight through. When we choose Him, He gives life, and we do not wither, but grow.
And He has more.
See Part 3.