There are times when God sends thunder to stir us. There are times when God sends His blessings to lure us. But then there are times when God sends nothing but silence as He honors us with the freedom to choose where we spend eternity. And what an honor it is! In so many areas of life we have no choice. Think about it. You didn’t choose your gender. You didn’t choose your siblings. You didn’t choose your race or the place of your birth. Sometimes our lack of choices angers us. “It’s not fair,” we say. It’s not fair that I was born in poverty or that I sing so poorly or that I run so slowly. But the scales of life were forever tipped on the side of fairness when God planted a tree in the Garden of Eden. All complaints were silenced when Adam and his decedents were given free will, the freedom to make whatever eternal choice we desire. Any injustice in this life is offset by the honor of choosing our destiny in the next. Wouldn’t you agree? Would you have it otherwise? Would you have preferred the opposite? You chose everything in this life, and He chooses where you spend the next? You choose the size of your nose, the color of your hair, and your DNA structure, and He chooses where you spend eternity? Is that what you would prefer? It would have been nice if God had let us order life like we order a meal: I’ll take good health and a high IQ. I’ll pass on the music skills, but give me a fast metabolism …. Would’ve been nice. But it didn’t happen. When it came to your life on earth, you weren’t given a voice or a vote. But when it comes to life after death, you were. In my book that seems like a good deal. Wouldn’t you agree? Have we been given any greater privilege than that of choice? Not only does this privilege offset any injustice, the gift of free will can offset any mistakes. You’ve made some bad choices in life, haven’t you? You’ve chosen the wrong friends, maybe the wrong career, even the wrong actions and relationships. You look back over your life and say, “If only …. if only I could make up those bad choices.” You can. One good choice for eternity offsets a thousand bad ones on earth. God allows you the choice. The choice is yours. He Will Let You Choose. Thoughts from reading “I Will Let You Choose” by Max Lucado.
Scripture of the Week
“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.” — Psalm 37:39
Smile – God likes humor
POWER OF SCRIPTURE
The story has been told of a South Sea islander who proudly displayed the Bible to a G.I. during World War II. “We’ve outgrown that sort of thing,” the soldier said. The native smiled back and said, “It’s a good thing we haven’t. If it were not for this Book, you’d have been a meal by now!” – San Augustine church of Christ San Augustine, TX
Think About It
Do You Believe This?
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)
When life is filled with good things and an easy life, keeping your faith poses little challenge; but when life is hard and painful, keeping of faith demands effort. We choose to believe in God and in Christ. The apostles and early evangelists proclaimed how Jesus fulfilled the Messianic prophecies and was raised from the dead. They suffered for their preaching, but they would not take back their solid testimony that Jesus was Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).
We know the God who loves us, but we do not know what the future may bring. A fickle faith will not sustain us when the storms of life come crashing down. A fickle faith will not keep us strong and faithful to the truth, when others follow false religion. This is why we must continue to build our faith in God and in what He teaches.
If we do not believe what God says, we do not believe God. Jesus asked Martha if she believed what He promised. Martha confessed her faith, which included believing what He claimed about His coming into the world and life after death.
Because God gave us reasons to believe, we can confidently confess our faith in Christ. Because He arose from the dead, we can have confidence our sins are forgiven through His blood and we have a home with Him in eternity. ~~ Phil Sanders