And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  Ex 33:19  

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Is Life But a Coin Toss?

Sometimes we act as if our lot in life is but a coin toss! (toss a coin: heads or tails)

The analogy of two coins would be a better fit. (Heads or tails times two)

In reality, though, chance has nothing to do with it – It’s choice, not chance!


The two coins, I will call ‘time’ and ‘eternity’. The two sides of each coin will have a name too. On the coin called ‘time’, you have ‘blessed’ or ‘cursed’. On the coin called ‘eternity’ you have ‘saved’ or ‘lost’. This depicts our general choices in life pretty well, because as people made in the image of God, LIFE is broken into ‘time’ and ‘eternity’.


Let’s look at the coin called ‘time’. The two sides are ‘blessed’ and ‘cursed’. So, what determines your lot in life? Chance? The toss of a coin? No, The Bible says, that the choices you make, the life you live determines your fate in time.

Let’s compare Deut. 28:15, ff with Deut. 28:1-8:

Blessings for Obedience

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

It seems to me that this promise of Blessings, would apply to an individual or a nation. So, too, can the curses that follow disobedience apply to a nation or to individuals.

Curses for Disobedience

15 However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:

16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.

17 Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.

18 The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.

20 The Lord will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him

21 The Lord will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess.22 The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish.23 The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. 24 The Lord will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed…

25 The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven…

38 You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it.39 You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. 40 You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off.41 You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity.42 Swarms of locusts will take over all your trees and the crops of your land...45 All these curses will come on you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you…

58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God—59 the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses 61 The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. 63 Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you..64 Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. 65 Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. 66 You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life.67 In the morning you will say, “If only it were evening!” and in the evening, “If only it were morning!”—because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see.”

Blessed or Cursed, by the toss of a coin or by chance? No, by the choices you make in life to Obey God or disobey God.

No one is Blessed apart from works of Law!

Even one who doesn’t believe in God’s law will be blessed by keeping the law, even in ignorance, if they do things necessary to be blessed. And even one who is a child of God will be cursed in life by breaking God’s law.

God’s laws are ‘principles of living’ for individuals, for nations.

NOW, THE OTHER COIN – ETERNITY. The next phase of life, after time; and to sum this one up:

No one is Saved by works of Law!

Romans 3:20 tells us, “For by works of law shall no flesh be justified.”

Again, people get so confused. Some believe Salvation is purely by chance, a toss of the coin. Some are saved, others lost! Others believe they must work for their salvation, be good enough; …that their good deeds must outweigh their bad deeds. Here again, the Bible teaches that salvation is not by chance, but again by choice.

You choose to follow God’s commandments and teachings and are thereby ‘blessed’.

You choose to accept God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and are thereby ‘saved’.

Now this double coin scenario gives us four possible states.

1. The best possible state – Eternally Saved; Temporally Blessed.

2. The worst possible state - Eternally Lost; Temporally Cursed.

3. The state of many Christians - In Eternity, Saved; In Time, Cursed.

4. The state of many unbelievers – In Eternity, Lost; In Time, Blessed.

Many Christians find themselves living in want because they fail to believe God’s Word and trust God for their needs. Many believe that it’s God’s will that they live in want; when in reality, they live in want because they live in violation of God’s laws and are thereby ‘cursed’.

Christians, we need to take to heart the following admonition.

Deut. 11:18-21.

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if God’s people will… God will…”