We live in society of choice, perhaps otherwise known as a free society, or so it seems. We have the right to decide on so many issues every single day. This may sometimes feel like a burden, and at other times feel like a blessing. Sometimes we may even feel like we have not been given enough choices, and at other times we may long for someone just to decide for us. Depending on how much expendable income one has, the scope of choices can also vary. The bottom line: in South Africa at the moment we have a wide range of choices we need to make on a daily basis and these choices do affect our quality of life, health, emotional, psychological and spiritual well being. Most often than not the choices we make today will determine what our future will look like. Where we base our choices on prevailing societal trends, we are certain to be subject to them consequentially. But for the believer, we have the potential to base our choices upon the enduring Word of God, and, when we do so, to enjoy the benefits of full obedience.
In Psalm 86:11 we find the key to be ably to choose wisely: Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Here we find a prayer, deep from the heart, for God to be the Teacher of His Way, so that the psalmist can “walk in your truth”.
God delights in the person whose heart is committed to learning His way of doing things. When we know and are dedicated to following His way, we then are empowered to make choices that will benefit ourselves and others around us for eternity. No longer will we be choosing and hoping for the best. God’s way is always best in any and in every situation.
Romans 12 teaches us: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Wow! Go for God!