Decisions are a normal, everyday occurrence in all of our lives, so much so that we never even give them a second thought. Many of them will simply be automatic while some may take more thought and time particularly if they are not things that we normally deal with. Many times these will not be easy and often they may serve to remind us that our Creator is the one we should turn to for advice. If we are smart people we will be more than grateful that there is someone who not only cares but knows just exactly what we should do. And not only that, but knowing that He is always available is worth its weight in gold.
So often our decisions are made by ourselves without asking for His input, even though we know that we can only see partially how they will affect us or someone we love. When God created His children on this earth He intended that they be as one large family utilizing the talents and gifts they were each given to help one another. We surely have strayed a long way from His choice.
It is also true that as our world has grown both in intelligence and in number we have physically moved far apart from each other and as we have we have often found ourselves at odds which is truly a shame especially since no one person can know or do everything. A world where we could call on each other and use and appreciate each other’s talents has somewhere along the line gotten lost. Can we go back?
The unknown writer of the book of Hebrews reminds us to See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven (12:25). Folks, that is a sobering but realistic statement. It doesn’t take much looking for us to see that is just exactly what we have done and what is on the horizon for us. It may already be too late to return to square one. Can we stop the progression of evil in this world by simply picking up our Bibles and seeing how our Maker has done things in the past? It surely would be worth a try.
So often today when we are looking for a place to worship and serve our King we are evaluating the pastor’s sermon and the people who are listening when we need to be considering the output of a particular Word and attempting to live appropriately with new revelation and purpose. Are we so set in our ways that we can no longer see God’s plan and live accordingly? Here again the writer of Hebrews gives us a tidbit that we should no longer ignore - Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear (28).
Service has a way of getting placed on the back burner today as we quite often struggle to scratch things off our personal list. We have gotten in the habit of thinking only about what we want and what we can accomplish tomorrow. Long range plans often go by the board because we can so easily put them off until another less crowded day. I think it is quickly growing into an attitude that it we can work it in we will and if we can’t we can’t. Ignoring a problem because of time is simply not the way to figure out how to change. We need to submit ourselves to a wiser authority and as we pray for our answers it is just possible that He will forgive us our many sins and help us to see the light and fix the problem. At least it would be better than sitting on our hands and too early admitting defeat. What will you decide?
I have decided to follow Jesus,
No turning back, no turning back.