Choosing is so much better than making decisions! That’s what I heard from the Lord one morning! (Read last blog) Many people struggle with the concept of “decision making”; some refuse to make decisions; some reluctantly make them; and some complain, moan, or groan while making them.
Making decisions can be hard especially since the disapproval from others can make us second-guess or doubt our ability to make decisions. So the idea of choosing instead of making decisions can really be refreshing. I’m not saying making decisions is bad or ungodly, I’m just saying choosing is so much better (because that’s what Holy Spirit said).
Making decisions doesn’t necessarily commit us TO our decision; it doesn’t force us to invest or take part IN our decision. In fact, some people say no decision is a decision but that really means nothing either because we still don’t have to “do” anything with our non-decision. On the other hand, choosing commits us to our choice; it’s a conscious action on our part forcing us TO participate IN what we’ve chosen, and forcing us NOT TO choose something else.
Choosing is so much better than making decisions because THAT’S what God does. He chooses! Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “…the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples but because the Lord loves you…”
God didn’t “decide” to be in relationship with His people. That sounds sort of “cold” doesn’t it? No, He chose His people for Himself and THAT solidifies our relationship with Him! He chose His people to be a special treasure to Himself not because of any reason other than His love. (For you theologians out there I realize this speaks specifically about the Jewish nation but praise God, we Gentiles have been “grafted” in so…we are chosen too.)
Jesus Himself tells us He chose us and if that doesn’t make you want to shout “Hallelujah” I don’t know what does! John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
We GET to go, live, love, and laugh because He chose us. We get to be blessings to other people because we ask and we GET! By His choosing we become His own special people. That is breathtaking! 1 Peter 2:4,9 “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious…you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
There’s only one response to God choosing us – Choose Him! Then proclaim Him to the world! Choosing to serve and live for the Lord is not a decision we make; it’s a choice based on His irrevocable choice! Joshua 24:15 “’And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
In the next few verses the people explain to Joshua they intend to choose the Lord their God. They proclaim His faithfulness to them in freeing them from bondage, Who did great signs in their sight, Who preserved and protected them, Who fought for them! They said as did Joshua “We also will serve the Lord, for He is our God.”
Then Joshua reminds them their choice commits them “to” serve God and “to not” serve other gods. It is an “all or nothing” deal! He says in verses 19-20 “You cannot serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”
The people “GET IT”! They are suddenly acutely aware they cannot do both. They need to make a choice! Verse 21 “And the people said to Joshua, ‘No, but we will serve the Lord!’” They can make this choice because the Lord their God had already chosen them. They needed to reciprocate! Joshua continues in verses 22-24 “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord for yourselves, to serve Him.’ And they said, ‘We are witnesses!’ ‘Now therefore,’ he said, ‘put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord God of Israel.’ And the people said to Joshua, ‘The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!’”
Their choice committed them to not only obey and follow God but to put away everything else in life they had chosen. See, choosing really does commit us “to” some things AND commits us to “putting away” other things! And THAT’S a good thing!
So today, take some time to remember His faithfulness and how He has set you free in Him. Remember and consider all the great signs and blessings He showers on you every day; how He has preserved, protected, and fought for you. And then…Choose life! Choose blessing! Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”