26 February: Spiritual Euthanasia

Today’s chapter opens up a free choice between life and death – the offer of a painless solution for the incurable disease of “sin”.

READ DEUTERONOMY 30  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

As I write this, I’m sitting at the foot of Glencoe in the Scottish highlands. In the time it’s taken for me to formulate words, the exquisite vista from my full-length windows has changed suddenly and quite dramatically.

Glencoe: "Murder by Trust"

Glencoe: “Murder by Trust”

The unexpected change in weather makes it easy to visualise just how vulnerable life would have been on 13th February 1692, for example, when the Massacre of Glencoe took place. Later to be dubbed “murder under trust”, 38 were killed by the guests who had accepted their hospitality. Forty women and children died in the snow trying to survive after their homes were burned.

Unlike then, when life wasn’t a choice – it was given and taken away – today’s reading tells me, once again, that I’ve been given a free choice. I can choose between life and death: “…the Lord our God will circumcise our hearts and the hearts of our descendants[a], so that we may love Him with all our heart and with all our soul, and LIVE.” [v6] Under trust, however, I could hope to cease to exist when I die, which could be a painless form of “spiritual euthanasia” and my solution for my incurable disease – “sin”. But it isn’t difficult for me to reach out and take hold of what my Creator is offering [v11-13] because it’s in my mouth and heart [v14] – part of my makeup and original design.

So looking out my window today to contemplate the harsh past that this region has endured, I can see that God has set before me the choice of life and prosperity, or death and destruction [v15] so that I’d live. [v16]  By not choosing LIFE[b] so that I and my children will live [v19], would seem to me like a form of spiritual suicide by default – simply because of choosing to reject the Lord who is our LIFE. [v20] …Read More… CLICK on “26 February – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Let me give glory to the Lord and proclaim His praise in the nations. [Isaiah 42:12]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for government decisions in Austria[c]
  • Your Country: Pray for Doctors and Nursing staff
  • Yourself: Insight into Scripture
  • Your concerns for today
Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime. It’s the Lord who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people and plants of the field to everyone. [Zechariah 10:1]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up. [Romans 15:1-2]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Vindicate me, Lord, for I’ve led a blameless life. I’ve trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. [Psalm 26:1]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator’s Will

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” [Romans 8:28]

[a] Romans 2:25-29

[b] John 1:4 and Colossians 3:4

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/autr/owtext.html

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