Choices. We all have to make a choice. Will we choose obedience or disobedience, right or wrong, to follow our flesh or God’s Spirit? And each choice we make comes with a result. When the result is not favorable, we say the choice or decision has consequences.
Every day I make several little choices. Today, again, I stand at a crossroads. Do I follow my own desires or do I open myself up to the opportunity, the possibility that my God might know better than me?
When we pick up the story of David in 2 Samuel 12, he has already made his own choices. Read what the prophet says are the results of those choices:
Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you…The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.” (vv. 9-11, 13)
David made a series of choices. At a time when Kings go to war, he chose to stay behind. Knowing it was wrong to covet another man’s wife, he chose to take her anyway. Upon discovering she was pregnant, he chose to bring her husband home to cover up his mistake. When her husband refused to sleep with his wife, David chose to have her husband killed. One simple choice turned a man from God’s choice as king to someone whose household is filled with calamity.
Choices made following our own flesh can lead to the valley low, but choices made following God’s Spirit, lead to His mountain high.
Father, keep me from making choices of my flesh. Help me to follow Your Spirit, always. Even in this, our current situation and circumstance, when everything “seems right,” help me to make godly decisions and not ones following after my own flesh. Thank you for sending your Spirit to live inside of me. He always tells me what is right and which direction to follow. Help Him to speak to me now, that I would follow where You desire for me to go. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.