The Tabernacle Scroll
"………choose this day whom you will serve……." Joshua 24:15ff
There is not a single day in our lives when we can escape from having to make choices. Think about it! What shall I eat? What shall I wear? What shall I do? Which do I prefer? The list is endless. Our actions are governed by our choices, by allowing ourselves 'to be persuaded'. Even though we do many things 'by force of habit', there is nevertheless the subtle working of a 'choice' somewhere within our psyche that determines our attitudes and our behaviour. When confronted with a choice, a decision has to be made one way or the other. To remain in a state of indecision is itself a choice and can be fatal!
In our Christian walk we are confronted daily with choices: to obey or not to obey; to receive or to reject; to take up the challenge or to walk away; to put off or to attend to; to forgive or hold a grudge. And so the list goes on. Every one of these choices is ultimately rooted in our decision either to serve Almighty God or to serve the gods of our imaginations (idols). The proper foundation for all our choices is the choice to serve God. Godly living comes only out of this choice.
Joshua exhorted the Israelites to 'choose this day' whom they would serve: (1) the gods of Egypt, or (2) the gods of the pagans who were surrounding them in the land of conquest or (3) the TRUE GOD, who had brought their forefathers out of Egypt and whom they had encountered on Sinai.
It is important to know that God does not violate the freedom He has given us to exercise our individual wills. It has been that way from the beginning. Adam and Eve were not prevented from sinning, but were given a choice between obedience and disobedience. So it is with us. We must serve because we choose to.
Giving your life to Christ doesn't mean you will no longer have to contend with choices! Perhaps your struggle right now is because God is calling you to make a choice about something and that choice involves doing it God's way! Not sure how to know His way? Read His Word! You cannot love God more than you love His word. Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments".
Perhaps you are sitting on the fence in your decision to accept Jesus as your Saviour. Unlike other choices this one is a matter of life and death. Don't put off making the right choice today; dead people cannot make choices!
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