Friday, January 03, 2014
Your Choices or God's Choices? What an Opportunity!
Let God choose. You’ve chosen before. You’ve chosen your own way, your own desires, your own plans, your own ministry, your own jobs, hobbies, etc. Some of those things were okay. Some turned out pretty good. Other things didn’t go so well. You’re at the end of some of your own choices and you wish you could go back and do it all over again. But how would you do it over again? Choose differently? Roll the dice? Cut the cards? Wish? Cross your fingers? Hope for the best? Open a fortune cookie? Wish on a star? Talk to the “man in the moon”? Hope God will help?
How about making a change not only in your choices, but the way you make them? Make it a new year’s resolution of prayer and dedication. Declare the Truth about decision making. After all, if God can put the stars in orbit, hang the moon and sun to do just the right thing at just the right times, then surely He can direct our paths.
It will require a lot more trust than rolling the dice or letting things fall where they may. It will take determined effort to keep your hands off and your feet from walking your own way. But when you let God do the choosing imagine the wonders that will abound!
We watched a couple get married this week who had made that choice before. I have no details on their former choices, but I do know this. They made a covenant with God this time for sure. I’ve heard their testimonies and I’ve seen their faith walk. They’ve forgotten the former things and allowed God to choose something they couldn’t imagine in their wildest dreams.
God is better at choosing than the most educated, intelligent, wise one of us. He really is. He chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, so that tells you something. He chooses with a different thought process altogether. Remember, He says that His ways are higher than our ways. We cannot plan at the level God views. He sees everything, we see at best “through a glass dimly”.
If you’re like me you’ve got lots of choices to face each and every day. Choices that include attitudes, jobs, love, money, faith, morality, destiny, future, family, ministry, title, ownership, forgiveness. More choices such as marriage partners, living arrangements, money plans, vacations and more. We have all made own choices at times, but those times when we let God choose, when we consulted Him first and asked Him, He has led us where we found that we truly wanted to be – right in the center of His will. There are times when others make choices that affect us, but even then we can trust God to lead us. He is not bound by others’ decisions, He is all-seeing and all-knowing and we can trust Him to lead us even then. Some may say that God doesn't care about the little things in life, but He says in Luke 16:10 that if we are faithful in little things, He knows we will be faithful in the big things. What a promise!
Oh beloved, if you will covenant to let God make your decisions from here on out many blessings will follow along. When God chooses chains are broken, hearts are mended and lives are restored. Jesus came to be the Mediator of all your choices. He promises to redeem your days and bless every step you make. Even if things become rough, you will also have courage to stay the course because God has ordained it. You won’t have to second guess or try to figure out how to make it easier. God will send you to His throne room, send you to the field of harvest, send you to walk through darkness and still remain in the light. How wonderful can life be when you put it all on Him by letting God choose…everything.
He loves you and He’s for you and that’s why you can trust Him as you give it all to Him every single time.
Psalm 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect!
Matthew 6:9-10 Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven….’
Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me