– CHOICE –
I think I’ve been struck by this simple yet deep concept more than any other as I’ve plowed my journey through scripture over the years. Every time I’m impacted by it…it takes me deeper and deeper into the truth behind it. And now, here again, I find today’s selections of scripture focusing me back on this vital tenant to anchor my life.
So many examples are given in just these few passages to build a foundational understanding that the way my life plays out is essentially in my hands to choose as I see fit. God clearly presents the opportunity…but I ultimately choose to embrace the opportunity or I choose to throw my weight against the opportunity in preference of my own selfishness.
I can choose to shepherd those God has placed in my midst…
…or I can choose to make my wellbeing the bent of my existence
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly.
1 Peter 5:2
I can choose to accept the present danger of the adversary by humbly submitting to the hand of God…
…or I can choose to walk obliviously in the midst of the danger that stalks me
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 5:6-8
I can choose to put full weight against my actions…
…or I can choose to squeeze out every weak kneed justification I can muster.
Hear now, O heads of Jacob,
And you rulers of the house of Israel:
Is it not for you to know justice?
I can choose to let my entire life follow Christ…
…or I can choose to believe that there are portions of my life that can be safely hidden from influence.
For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.
I can choose to humbly fall to my knees at the feet of an all-powerful God and find comfort in His protection…
…or I can choose to flex my will against God’s and believe that my protection is in my hands.
Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
I can choose to live my life as a confession of Christ…
…or I can choose to accept Christ, live my own life and make confession to neither.
Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
I can choose to give all God has blessed me with as an offering to others…
…or I can choose to keep my possessions, ability, talent and wisdom closer to my chest as a “blankey” of selfishness.
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool!
I can choose to rest and find peace in the overwhelming provision of our Protector…
…or I can choose to self-reliantly make an attempt at foreseeing and planning every minute of my life in order to try to feel safe.
But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
I can choose to utilize the preparation and equipping God has provided as an asset for my life…
…or I can choose to deny that which has been given and accept a life of halfhearted mediocrity.
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
I can choose to stand behind the convictions of the Lord…
…or I can choose to appease and avoid conflict for as many people as I can.
Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.
Throughout life I am faced with choices…some of those choices can lead to God and other can lead away. My life needs to be one with eyes wide open to the choices presented and heart properly aligned with the great opportunity giver.
LORD…guide me in paths of righteousness on this journey to seek You first. Allow my choices to be bathed in Your mercy…Your grace…and Your guidance.
– CHOOSE –