In the world but not of it

August 7, 2010

Choose wisely…

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“This is what the LORD says: I will give you three choices”. 2 Samuel 24:11

“You deserve what you get”…

“It’s a self fulfilling prophecy”…

“It’s your tree, you’re sitting in it”…

Now you’re thinking of the other phrases like this one that you have probably used or heard as it relates to choices made by those you know or yourself. Often we find ourselves giving our opinion to people, especially when they don’t ask for it, about choices they make. We know through experience, whether our own or someone else’s that the choice will lead to a bad experience.

The blessings of obedience that the Lord was describing to the children of Israel were for their protection. God takes great care in explaining His position on matters so even if we don’t know all the details of how He does things or His particular timing, we can know the outcome of the choices we make as it relates to following His path and honoring His word.

Rather than getting into examples of good and bad choices let’s discuss the reasoning behind the choices we make. Think this through with me for a moment. Think of a choice you recently made that was important; a purchase, an investment, a talk you needed to have, etc…

What was the motivation behind your choice? This is the all important question because depending on what motivated you to choose will often determine whether it was a good or bad choice. If the motive is for you to get something out of it then too often the choice is tainted.

If the motive is for God to get something out of it then I would say confidently that the choice will often lead to the right result.

“This is what the LORD says: I will give you three choices. Choose one of these punishments, and I will do it. So Gad came to David and asked him, “Will you choose three years of famine throughout the land, three months of fleeing from your enemies, or three days of severe plague throughout your land? Think this over and let me know what answer to give the LORD. This is a desperate situation!” David replied to Gad. “But let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great”. 2 Samuel 24:11-14

Both David and his nation were guilty of sin and the Lord gave David three choices, all forms of punishment.

Typically when we think of a choice there is a good and bad but here David had to choose the least painful.

Because David knew his God and wanted Him to get the glory out of an already difficult situation he chose the form of punishment that was directly from God and not men.

Choices are much simpler to make when we want the Lord to get the glory…

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