Choices — Deuteronomy 30:19

It is very easy to misapply biblical truth. Take for example the truth that our God is omnipotent and sovereign, meaning He is supreme in power, superior in position to all others, chief, highest in rank. The idea of sovereignty is encouraging, for it assures the Christian that nothing is out of God’s control and that His plans cannot be thwarted.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

But that biblical truth can quickly turn into fatalism, the doctrine that all events are predetermined by fate and are therefore unalterable. Many think that life is just a set of circumstances: You can’t help what happens, just try to adapt and hope for better luck next time — which explains the greatest excuse of all time: I’m just a victim of circumstance.

The Bible teaches something different. Your life is not the result of random circumstance, it’s the result of the choices you make.

Moses and Joshua both highlighted this simple truth.

“I have set before you life and death, blessing and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

 “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorits, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Life consists of a series of choices. Success depends on making the same right choices again and again, day after day — at the dinner table, in conversations with families and friends, with your paycheck, in what you read or don’t read, when you’re online. These choices determine who you are and what your life becomes.

Every minute of every day we have the privilege of choice, to make life more rewarding or more disappointing. What choices are you willing to make? I trust you will submit your will to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and allow Him to rule and reign in your life, after all He is the One Who created you and knows you best.

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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