“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before.” What commands did God give? These instructions include loving the Lord, walking in all His ways, and staying near to Him, wholeheartedly. God is very clear about what He thinks about other gods. Idols, foreign gods, pagan worship poles and practices may seem exotic and enticing, but they will not set us free. These will ensnare those who choose to live outside of God.
The Israelites have been on a long journey; they felt the oppression of the false gods of Egypt and received the rescue from God Almighty. They experienced victories against idolatrous nations when All-powerful God fought for them. They knew about child sacrifices and other evil behaviors required to appease pagan gods. God does not want His people to be ignorant of the importance of choosing wisely. When we live intentionally for God, we will enjoy a lifetime of the blessing of being close to Him, our Creator and the One who loves us most. Yet God gave His people a choice back in the days of Moses and we too have a choice to make: to be blessed or to be cursed. Our actions indicate to Him as we day-by-day, choice-by-choice decide.