6/4/08

Not Choosing Blindly

Choices with wonderful promises (or at least, positive results) are woven throughout the Bible. God often gives indications of what will happen as we choose. He doesn’t want us to choose blindly as if we are spinning a game spinner; He wants us to base our choices on His truth, and He often warns about consequences or offers a promise.

One example is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him (choices), and He shall direct your paths” (promise). Galatians 6:9 and Luke 9:23-24 are two other examples of choice and consequence. And Ephesians 6:2-3 clearly reminds us that Exodus 20:12, where children are instructed to honor their parents, is the first of the Ten Commandments with a promise attached.

This cause and effect, sowing and reaping, is woven throughout the Scriptures. It began in Genesis (2:16-17) when God gave Adam a clear choice that carried a deadly consequence for a wrong choice. Certainly, we can all choose to obey or disobey God’s directives—He gives us that free choice—but we cannot choose the consequences. Later, after Adam and Eve sinned, God offered the promise of redemption for fallen mankind (3:15).

We move into the adventure of following God when we discover the exciting promises and blessings that are ours in choosing what He desires for us. Now that I realize that the whole Bible is full of choices, I have marked some of the consequences and promises related to those choices. I obey God not because of His blessings, because He is the mighty Creator and I am His creation, but His blessings for choosing well are surely an added delight.

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