The choices we make today affect what will happen tomorrow, but many people don’t put much thought into just how much of a difference their choices will make in the future. Sometimes, the impact of our decisions doesn’t become apparent for months, or even years. When we know we won’t see an immediate result, it’s easy to dismiss the importance of making the right choices in life. But the Bible gives us some solid advice on the topic.
God gives us a freewill choice in every area of our lives, and He will never force the issue. However, living life without His guidance and protection is not a good idea. In the Old Testament, Joshua clearly communicated his preference for the type of lifestyle he wanted. “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15, AMP). This choice is just as relevant today as it was then.
A commitment to serve God profoundly impacts everything in our lives, on every level. How we handle our finances, choose a spouse, raise our children, and interact with others, are all influenced by whether or not we put God first in our lives. It goes well with us when we seek Him, because He wants only good for us. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV). On the other hand, when we fight against God and go our own way, He takes that into account, too. “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who ‘will render to each one according to his deeds’” (Romans 2:5, 6, NKJV).
We’ve all seen or heard stories about young people making a personal decision to join a gang, be part of a robbing crew, or abuse drugs or alcohol. The results of those actions may not manifest themselves immediately, but continuing down that path has consequences. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death”(James 1:14, 15). This is not God’s will for anyone, but He allows us to decide for ourselves.
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When we struggle with issues that are too big to handle on our own, maybe it’s time to turn them over to God. Many of us have a tendency to do everything ourselves, and then get frustrated when things don’t improve. On a spiritual level, this is called operating under the Law, instead of under grace. You may have heard the term “Let go and let God,” which simply means having the wisdom to allow Him to handle our problems as only He can.
God’s wisdom is not the world’s wisdom, and we can’t begin to understand His comprehensive plans and purposes. Instead of trying to force things to happen through our own works, relying on His grace yields better results. By their very nature, our works are dependent on the Law. Jesus is Grace, and trusting in Him empowers our lives.
During the time of Moses, the people didn't have grace yet; they only had a pair of stone tablets to govern their actions. Anyone not following the Law was condemned to death. But when Jesus came and fulfilled the laws of old, He breathed life into them (Hebrews 10:16, NIV). Jesus’ laws are based on life, not death, and they govern our hearts.
It takes courage to step out in faith and trust that God’s grace will be sufficient to carry us through. But when we reflect on the implications of Jesus’ finished works, we can begin to see the big picture. God is love, and Jesus was the Father’s love in human form. His entire ministry on earth was about His love for us.
God's love is big and powerful, victorious and all-encompassing. The world operates under the Law in fear and defeat, but under the Law the magnitude of His grace is not recognized. Jesus is Grace Himself, but the world doesn't know Him or realize the need for Him in all situations. When we take Him into our hearts and realize that we no longer have to live in fear of condemnation, we also are set apart from the world (John 14:17, AMP).
Under the old laws, the focus was on people's sins, and they were constantly reminded of their guilt and inadequacy. No one could keep the more than 600 laws that were in effect, and the priests were the only individuals who could come into God's presence. But when Jesus came, He wrote the law of love on our hearts and became the intermediary between us and God. He replaced death and condemnation with life, mercy, compassion, and grace.
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Life is a series of choices, and God lets us decide for ourselves on one of the most important choices of all–whether to focus on our problems, or on Him. Focusing on our problem weighs us down, and keeps us from seeing Him clearly. But even when we turn our eyes away from God, He's still waiting for us to acknowledge His presence. When we involve Jesus in our lives and let Him intervene on our behalf, we have perfect peace.
Some people turn to earthly sources to find the answers to their problems, but God's wisdom is infinite. When we shut out all distractions and study His Word, we discover that He's all around us. God is on our side, and He'll never leave us (Romans 8:31, Matthew 1:23). He's really all we need.
Life can be scary, but both the Old and New Testaments tell us time and time again not to be afraid (Psalm 27:1, Psalm 118:6, Hebrews 13:5). In ancient times when God's people encountered enemies who were more powerful, they didn't need to worry when they obeyed Him. David's small stature didn't matter at all when he went against Goliath in battle, because God was with him. Even when David made serious mistakes later in life, God didn't abandon him.
When Joseph was thrown into prison after his brothers sold him into slavery, God was with him even there. Joseph found favor with the warden and prospered after his release from prison, because of God's presence in his life (Genesis 39:21-23). Joshua was another example of how God promises to give us His presence permanently. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee(Joshua 1:5).