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 Continue reading