“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Most of the time when you hear the words “choices have consequences” it usually refers to some negative outcome that has occurred. We’ve heard these words a lot during the last couple of elections haven’t we? From both sides!
We are faced with a lot of choices in our life. And not all of them are like the ones the Israelites are faced with. For Joshua it was a pretty easy choice to make. They either stay put and serve the gods of other countries, or cross the river Jordan and inherit the land God gave them. For Joshua it was no choice at all. But in the case of the Israelites, the choices would definitely have consequences.
But think about other choices you make: whether or not to spend the money to buy a house or new car; whether or not to choose to accept a new job offer; or whether or not to allow the influence of a person or persons in your life. The interesting thing is that none of these choices have negative consequences on the surface, it's just the choice of a good vs. best decision. However, making the best decision in light of God’s will and purpose is always the best option.
How do you know if you are making God-led decisions? “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3). Make praying and asking God a part of your on-going decision-making strategy. Then trust His direction and two things will happen, He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6), and He shall work all things together for your good! (Romans 8:28).
Question: Do you trust God to lead all your decision-making opportunities?
Challenge: It all comes down to a matter of faith doesn’t it?
Prayer: Father, thank You for wanting the best for us even in the smallest decisions we make! Amen.
Craig Stout, Chapel Leader -- Princeton Whistlepigs