I did it again yesterday – I chose against God.
I knew I should go first to my Bible. Procrastinating, I chose to go to the computer.
This is not about when someone has devotions. It’s about my choosing to do something other than what I know I should be doing.
I even sensed the reminding prompts of the Holy Spirit. The internal dialog went like this:
“Don’t touch that computer. Walk out. Have quiet time.”
“I’ll be fast. I’ll hop right up.”
“You know what happens when you sit down here.”
“I’ll be quick. Oh – what’s this article?”
“You can still get up. You can still choose to do what you should at this time.”
“I know what I should do.”
“You should choose God.”
“Well, I’m choosing this.”
How arrogant. So today I’ve been pondering Joshua 24:15.
“But if it is seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” (NKJV) “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you‚Ä¶” (NIV)
Serving the Lord did not seem evil, but what the Lord wanted seemed undesirable to me at the moment. That was a selfish, shortsighted perspective.
Joshua essentially says, decide where you stand regarding Him because that will determine your viewpoint. Then choose whom you will serve. If I regard God as the Sovereign Creator and the One who gave His Son for me, that perspective will enable me to choose wisely. If I see Him as anything less, He will be so small I can choose to serve myself.
Whatever my viewpoint, He IS the Sovereign Creator and the One who gave His Son for me. He loves me even when I choose against Him. Yet should I continue in sin by choosing against Him that grace may abound? No! In Christ Jesus I died to sin as my master and have been raised to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:1-4) I can choose the Lord.
In new life I can “Choose this MOMENT whom I will serve.”
This week: Are there moments for you when it is especially hard to choose whom you will serve? Lord, help us see you as you are and choose to do what needs doing when it needs doing.