For the last 21 blogs, ideas swirled in my head. 21 blogs focused on the physical senses and the spiritual sense. 21 blogs had my personal experiences, lots of information, humor, and truth found only in God’s Word. 21 blogs offered me spiritual revelations from God and some emotional release in this physical realm.
Now, this week I am struggling with focusing on a topic. Funny how that is. Life often seems like it’s all or nothing. I remember my first time realizing that notion when one weekend while I was in college, I had 5 date offers and the next weekend, none. Even now it seems that sometimes there’s a lot of events to participate in all at once and then sometimes there is absolutely nothing. There was a time in my life where I had to make a choice among several job offers and other times when just a look at my resume didn’t even happen. Sometimes it’s hurry up. Sometimes it’s wait. Sometimes ideas flow so fast I can’t keep up with them. Other times the faucet is turned off.
My topic this week could be about choices. We make choices every day. Even when we don’t make a clear choice, or when we procrastinate, we are making a choice. That’s ironic now. Isn’t it? Every choice we make (or don’t make) can have a profound impact now and later. What if I make the wrong choice? I could have chosen the wrong date and missed out on Mr. Right in college. I could have chosen the wrong job and missed out on my life’s goal. I could have chosen a lot of things and made a right or wrong turn. So how do I know?
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve made decisions, AS A CHRISTIAN, without asking God first. What I have learned is that even in the small things, going to God FIRST makes dealing with life so much easier. Notice I didn’t say life is easier. Dealing with it is.
A few years ago, I spent time memorizing some bible verses and passages. My mind doesn’t work like it did when I was young, so each month I asked God to give me a verse or passage to work on. One per month. My first passage was Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
This verse has served me well. It is often a prayer on my lips. I have it on a wall in my house. Simple but powerful. Everyday choices. Trust the Lord. Don’t rely on my own understanding. Acknowledge Him. He will direct me.
Sure does take a lot of pressure off me when I have a reliable, wise, patient, loving and good, good Father I can trust.
What’s even better, God can even take my wrong choices and turn them around for His glory. He has certainly done that when I didn’t trust Him, when I relied upon my own understanding, when I didn’t acknowledge Him. If he can take my imperfections, my insufficiency, my inadequacy, my weaknesses, my failings, and even my disobedience – turn them around and still love me, still bless me – just imagine what he can do when I do trust Him, when I rely upon His wisdom, His understanding. When I acknowledge him in all that I do. Actually, I don’t have to imagine. I have experienced His abundant grace and mercy. Far more than I could ever imagine.
Funny how that is. When I submit, when I surrender, when I am weak – I am far more blessed. I am safe. I am secure. I am sheltered. I am confident. I am comforted. I am calmed. I am strong. Not in my own strength, not of my own accord, not in my own understanding but by the unshakable, unchangeable, unfailing, completely trustworthy character of a God who loved me enough to sacrifice His Son for me.
Who can say it better than God Himself? Here’s another passage I memorized. Romans 8:31-39 (ESV) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The ultimate choice of this life is whether or not to believe upon the name of Jesus for salvation. That one was pretty easy for me.
But then there is believing upon Jesus as my Lord. Trusting Him and not me. Acknowledging Him. His sovereignty. His promises.
It is a choice. Everyday. Sometimes moment to moment. For me, it has become my only choice. What about you?