“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.
Deuteronomy 30:15 ESV
Moses was a great preacher. Preachers aren’t dictators- they give their hearers a choice, and it’s a stark one. Moses showed the people what life and good look like; and also what death and evil look like.
People in the world often associate life, or the meaning of life, with evil stuff. They live for the weekend- idolising food, drink and sex. They’re all good things in and of themselves, but all in moderation and the right context.
Moses decouples life and evil however. He urges his hearers to not buy the lie that the meaning of life is the pursuit of evil. Instead, he marries life and good. The good life is one lived in God’s will- loving Him and others, and enjoying His good gifts.
We are naturally evil, which is why we face death unless Jesus returns first. Thankfully His goodness can be credited to our spiritually bankrupt accounts through faith in Him. And so we can have eternal life because of Christ Jesus our Lord.
“Dear God our Lord, we’re really thankful that evil and death don’t have to be our fate. We praise You for the life and goodness we enjoy in You. In the name of Jesus, amen”