Life seems to be full of choices. Little choices. Big choices. In reality, there are only two choices …” and our decisions often determine whether life goes well or whether life gets hard. Check out today’s reading in Proverbs to find out more about those two choices.
Numbers 7 & 8
Only 2 Choices
What guides your choices?
Verse 5 says, “The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright …”
What guides you and your choices? Is it righteousness? And what exactly does that mean? A few years ago it was popular to wear jewelry that posed the question, “What would Jesus do?” The jewelry was a reminder to consider that question as we went through the events of life. But sadly, like so many things that become popular, we heard it so often it lost its impact. We shouldn’t let that happen.
What did Jesus do?
First, Jesus faced all the same temptations we face, but He never sinned in the process.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin (Heb. 5.15 NIV).
Second, Jesus came to not only be our sinless Savior, but, also, our perfect example.
1 Peter 2.21b (NIV), “… because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”
So, what would Jesus do in that decision you’re trying to make? How would He handle that rude sales person or someone who sinned against you? How would He respond to that test or trial? To what (or Whom) would He run when stressed or angry or tired or hungry?
Jesus is the Word of God lived out in the flesh, so if we want to know what Jesus would do, we only need to go to His written Word.
Do we let doing right—righteousness—guide us in all things? Doing right is not what is good or right for us, but what’s right by God’s standard.
Proverbs 14.12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Let’s seek God’s help daily to let His righteousness—His Word—guide us.
In counseling we have a simple little saying, “Only two choices on the shelf … pleasing God or pleasing self.” Often doing what pleases Him is the harder decision. It may require going against the current of popular opinion. It almost always requires going against our own selfish desires. But Jesus said:
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me … and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11.29-30).
What starts out to be the harder decision gets easier with God’s help.
On the other hand, doing what seems right to us, is easy. It comes naturally. But Proverbs 13.15 says, “… the way of the unfaithful is hard.” What starts out being the easier choice, eventually causes life to get hard. Romans 2.8-10:
8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.
What are you experiencing in your life? Tribulation and distress or glory, honor, and peace? Perhaps you need to examine your choices.
For more on this subject, you can read my post, “Responding to Difficult People.”
TODAY’S OTHER READINGS:
Confidence & Access
It had been 11 1/2 months since the Exodus from Egypt. Moses had finished setting up the Tabernacle and now God begins speaking from the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies.
But not just anyone could enter in, only the High Priest, only in the prescribed way, and only at set times.
When Christ died on the cross, the curtain going into the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom, signifying the fact that He was no longer going to dwell there, but in our hearts through faith, and that each believer could communicate directly with Him.
Hebrews 4.16 (NIV):
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
All Else Will Fail Us
This Psalm starts out, “In You, O Lord, I put my trust …” What are you trusting in today? Is it the economy (if so, it could be a little shaky right now)? Is it our government (shaky, too)? Is it your career? Is it your ability to “handle” things? Is it your parents? Or is it really God? All else will fail us, but God never does!
“I believe; help my unbelief!”
This passage contains one of my favorite verses. A man had come to Jesus asking for a miracle for his son and Jesus said to him, “If you believe …”
Verse 24, “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!'”
This verse gives me great hope that even faith itself is not something that we “conjure up” ourselves. Even our faith finds its source in Him. If you’re feeling weak in your faith today, cry out to Him, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Lord, help us to put our trust totally in You, to search Your Word for wisdom and answers, and when we’re weak to cry out like this father, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Does God have a path for me? How do I make the right choices in life? Why is it so difficult to uncover God’s will?
Trusted pastor and teacher John MacArthur answers these vital questions and more. Found: God’s Will shares six powerful principles that will give you direction, fill you with purpose, and give you the confidence to live out His plan for you.
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