With all the options available today, it’s easy to be distracted. You can be distracted from your faith, distracted from your spouse and even distracted from your purpose. How? Curiosity. We have an abundance of information at our fingertips. One click of a button connects you to your high school senior class; another click lets you peruse volumes of ancient wisdom that “predate” the Bible. Do a search and you can find hundreds of life changing churches in your area. This is progress, right?
Imagine taking a multiple choice test where each question has four possible answers. You have a strategy for that. You eliminate the two that are obviously wrong and then decide which of the two remaining choices is best. Okay, now envision a test where each question has hundreds even thousands of options. Even ten alternatives would stoop an excellent student.
Know this. More options require greater wisdom. Like trying to pick the perfect pair of shoes, there are often many attractive alternatives. But unlike those pretty high heels that are too painful to wear, a bad decision cannot be returned. Do you have the wisdom to choose the correct path? The Bible says it this way…
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NLT)
So how do you choose life and blessings in an evil generation? Remind yourself…
- Just because you see something, doesn’t mean it’s an option.
- Just because something is available, doesn’t mean it’s allowable.
- Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
- Every wrong choice brings death into your life. One bad choice can destroy a home. A lapse in judgment can squander a lifetime of labor.
- You must be Spirit led to choose life.
- Simplify your life (and choices) by guarding your heart and mind. (TV, internet, movies, songs, and books are the gateway to your soul. If your conscience is convicted about anything you watch, hear or read, close that door.)
“You can make this choice (good choices) by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life…” (Deuteronomy 30:20, NLT, italics mine)