Choices! There are good choices – and there are bad choices. Good choices for a Christian are the ones that honor God, are made after seeking His will, and are made with godly values and the clear teaching of God’s word taken into account. They are not always easy choices, but for the Christian they must be God-glorifying choices.
I know the stories of some who have made the right choices… and sadly, I also know of some who have made the wrong choices…
Some of them have involved…
-Where to live
-Church choices (or faith choices)
I could tell you the stories… Sometimes friends and family argued for financial factors to reign supreme over Godly values… Sometimes expedience (what seemed easiest or simply a “no-brainer) tugged against doing God’s will… Often making money was pitted against a clear sense of God’s calling… Pressure to make a hasty decision for others tried to trump the time needed for prayer and godly counsel…
I have my own story… In high school and the early years of college I had the privilege of writing for a wonderful newspaper near my home town. I finished Bible college, training for the ministry to which God had called me. Then I accepted the pastorate of a little, struggling church in a rural community. Times were tough and the church faced big challenges. One difficult day I received a letter from the publisher of the paper that I had worked for… He indicated that he planned to purchase my home town newspaper… He offered the job of editor-in-chief to me! I sought God’s will; thought about my calling; “looked God in the eye” and decided to decline the offer… To this day I’m glad I did!
Speaking of godly choices – right choices: Here’s what I read this morning about Moses during my Bible reading…
“By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking forward to the reward (God’s reward!). (Hebrews 11:24-26)
I’m glad he made the right choice! And here’s the advice of a very wise man: “Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, do not lean on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) In the choices I have to make in life I plan to do just that!