Choices are a part of life – an incredibly important part of life. According to this passage and other passages in the Bible, the choices we make (especially those choices related to our relationship to the Lord and willingness to obey Him) determine the destiny of our lives.
Question – “What are some of the best and worst choices you’ve ever made?” I’ve had people tell me that they’ve chosen the right or wrong college, major, friends, career, church, spouse, etc. All of us make many choices every day, and sometimes our choices are good choices that bring good results, and sometimes our choices are bad choices that bring bad results.
One issue related to choices that many people fail to grasp is that choices are inseparably linked to consequences. Most people apparently don’t understand this. For example, someone may smoke all of their lives, and then when diagnosed with cancer ask, “Why did God let this happen to me?” Or there are many people who are very promiscuous before marriage (or involved in pornography), and they wonder why they can’t experience real intimacy or sexual fulfillment in marriage. Or a young couple may go into heavy debt to buy a house, cars, furniture, appliances, clothes, etc., and then they wonder why they can’t “make ends meet.” Or a father and/or mother choose to be Sunday morning Christian only, and never talk about the Lord during the week or involve their children in Christian activities, and they wonder why their kids grow up and leave the church entirely. Or, parents may drink alcohol or abuse prescription drugs in front of their children, and then they wonder why their children eventually get addicted to stronger chemicals. All of that happens because choices are inseparably linked to consequences. Someone has rightly said, “You can choose your actions, but you cannot choose your consequences.”
Another thing I’ve learned in life is that “fleshly choices” that facilitate our disobeying the Lord are always wrong choices. Any significant choices we make in life that do not consider God’s Word and His will for our lives are always wrong, and will probably lead to some sort of disaster in our lives. At the same time, I’ve learned that “faith choices” are almost always the right choices. I say “almost always the right choices” because sometimes we make “faith choices” that are not prompted by the Lord, such as saying “I believe that the Lord wants me to buy this large house” even though we know that there is no way we can afford it. When making choices (especially significant choices), we must always consider God’s Word and will for our lives, knowing that He will bless those who keep His commandments, and punish those who disobey them (Deuteronomy 30:15-18).
One last thing about choices: when we make choices concerning significant issues or relationships, they impact us for the rest of our lives – and often impact others long after we’re gone. The Lord said through Moses: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. . . . Oh that you would choose life, that you AND YOUR DESCENDANTS may live. Choose to love the Lord your God, and to obey Him and commit yourself to Him, for He is your life” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
As you pray today: 1) Pray for the Lord to reveal to you good and bad choices you have made, and thank Him for enabling you to make the good choices, and ask Him to forgive you for your bad choices; 2) Pray for the Lord to show you how you can undo some of the bad choices you have made; and 3) Pray for the Lord to daily give you the wisdom and desire to make the best choices in life.