Sunday September 1st, Deuteronomy 30:  15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess.  After a generation of wondering in the wilderness, the liberated people of God were poised to enter the promise land.  There were still choices ahead of them, though not many in the immediate future.  They could remain in the wilderness, back to their roots as nomads, or enter the land promised to Abraham.  Neither choice was free.  Either choice would require effort on their part to either remain connected to the promises to Abraham as they enter the land, or set themselves free and learn to forage on their own for food and water.  If they choose to enter the new land (to them) and remain connected to God’s promises it did not mean a free ride with everything going well all the time and manna and meat on the wing every day.  Free will back then, as it does now, takes its toll.  And so it is with us, do we remain connected to God’s promises,  or do we let our gift of free will take us down the path of least resistance?  Most of us spend the majority of our time, money and effort on the wrong path, for that there is forgiveness. Once in a while however, we find ourselves on God’s path for us, that is when we get a feeling of fulfillment and life makes sense.  


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