Devotional

Choices in Our Life (28 January)

I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God's blessing and God's curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.
Deuteronomy 30:19

During the course of our life we will have to make many choices. Some will be important choices, some less important. We may need to choose what we will study and where, when and where to buy a house, where we will work, even a political leader. And at the right moment we will choose the spouse with whom we will raise a family.

The choice we make may influence the direction of our life, for good or for ill. And it may affect not only us but also our children and our great grandchildren.

I often encounter people who very much wish they could turn back the clock so they can change life choices they made.

In Deuteronomy 30 God explains to the people of Israel the options they are facing: life or death, blessing or curse. God loves his people and encourages them to choose life.

Towards the end of his life Joshua challenges the people: "If you are not willing to serve him, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your ancestors worshiped in Mesopotamia or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are now living. As for my family and me, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15). It was the most important choice they would have to make.

Another important choice we must make every day is to spend time in the presence of God. In (Psalm 84:10) the sons of Korah declare: "One day spent in your Temple is better than a thousand anywhere else; I would rather stand at the gate of the house of my God than live in the homes of the wicked."

I have chosen to be in the house of my God, chosen to be in the courts of God because there can be no better place to be than in his presence.

Jesus was visiting in the home of Martha and Mary, and the house was full of guests. Middle East hospitality requires that you take good care of your guests. Martha was extremely busy with serving, while Mary sat at the feet of the Lord and listened to his word. Martha got to her boiling point, and she asked her Lord to get involved, to say something to Mary about not helping her sister.

Lovingly, Jesus answered her: "Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things, but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:41-42).

Ministry is important, but neither ministry nor any other work should come at the expense of our time with God. May we never miss the best part of our day.

From time to time I check the priorities in my life and take care that I always have time to sit at the feet of the Lord.

If you have made wrong choices in your life, ask the Lord Jesus to forgive you, and then let God's grace enfold you.

- 28 JANUARY -
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