Every day we’re confronted with choices. We decide what we’ll wear, whether or not to eat breakfast, should we shovel the driveway before leaving for work or wait until we get home? Those are easy choices, except maybe the one about shoveling. If we wait, we undoubtedly will get stuck in the big berm at the end of the driveway.
The easy choices don’t have to become overwhelming, but sometimes they do. We bathe ourselves in situations where we believe we’re right about something and we won’t bend. Other times, we wonder if we’ve made the right choice after the damage has been done and it’s too late to fix it.
The first choice mankind had to make was obeying God. We all know that Satan is devious and he wants everyone to suffer his fate, so he tempted Eve to eat of the forbidden tree. Her decision was based on a twisting of God’s Word by the devil, which seems to be his trump card in most situations.
That doesn’t lessen the depth of Eve’s disobedience. Adam was sitting there taking it all in. He should’ve stopped Eve, but he chose not to. So both of them sinned which caused separation from God. That beautiful union which God created was broken.
This problem continues today as each of us has inherited sin from the first humans. Since we’ve been reunited with God through His Son’s death and resurrection, we have an open door to heaven, if we have faith in Him. God still demands our obedience and we still fail to obey. Until we die and pass into the heavenly realms, we are sinners. However what treasure it is to know that our sins have already been forgiven.
In the meantime, while we walk this earth, we will be faced with tough decisions. If we trust in God and go to Him with all our issues and have faith in His intervention, we can be sure that we’re making the right choice.
If we choose to follow the world – the lopsided, upside down, mess created by man – the words of the well versed, the universities, philosophers and self appointed geniuses – the flashy, intriguing and beguiling – we can count on making wrong choices.
So what’s the answer?
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
- In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
- Be not wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. it will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8