“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”(Joshua 2:15, NKJV)
Man was created in God’s image and likeness, to rule over all the works of His hand and fellowship with Him. God also gave man the power to choose, along with the freedom to choose comes the responsibility for our choices (Genesis 2:16-17, NKJV).
What is Choice?
Choice is an act of choosing between two or more possibilities, which must be freely and willingly done.
The Facts about Choice
Every day in life we make choices some are simple, while some are complex and each choice has a consequence or result. Our success in life is the product of the choices we make. People are defined by the choices they make and the consequences of those choices.
David chose to sleep with Bathsheba the wife of Uriah the Hittite. And the woman conceived, David also chose to hide it by killing Uriah the Hittite but nothing is hidden from God. The consequence of the choices King David made are still affecting his lineage (2 Samuel 12:10, NKJV). Many of the consequences of the choices you make today will outlive you.
The Right Choice
There are right choices right, like the choice Joseph made when he had to choose between sleeping with his master’s wife and losing his place in Potiphar’s house. He chose the latter (Genesis 39:8-9, NKJV). Daniel chose not to defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank, so he requested that the part of their meat, and the wine that they should drink be taken away and replace with pulse and water. He chose to deny himself the pleasures of life that was not in line with commandment of God (Daniel 1:8, NKJV). The result of a right choice is a blessing from God.
The Wrong Choice
God sent Saul to “go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” But Saul chose to disobey God, “a wrong choice indeed.” He spared King Agag’s life and spared the best sheep and cattle (1 Samuel 15:3-26, NKJV). Saul lost the throne of Israel just because that one wrong choice.
Samson was to be “a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, but he chose to be a womanizer and a vengeful man, full of sin. Samson chose to marry a foreigner against God’s commandment (Judges 14:3, NKJV). His choice led to his death with his enemies
If we will allow Him, God will help us make wiser choices so that the consequences of our choices will give us a better life in Christ. However, at times God lets us gain wisdom from the pain of poor decisions we make. So, good decisions are the product of wisdom. Wisdom is the product of experience. And experience is the product of poor decisions.