Text: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
THE POWER OF DECISION
God did not create robots. He made man with a will to make decisions. And even when He (God) wishes to do a thing for man, the man would still have to decide to permit or deny Him. Unfortunately, many of our decisions are made blindly.
A blind decision is that which is made with no understanding or consideration of both its immediate and/or remote consequences. It is a pity that many of us are impulsive. We play around extremely dangerous issues of life like we are playing a video game.
The choices of which God to serve, and who to marry are two of the most sensitive decisions we can make in life because these two can either make us succeed or fail, as well as lead us to Heaven or Hell. Nobody wants to fail or go to Hell, but by our decisions, we subscribe to these destinations very often
There are quite a number of decisions you don’t make for yourself. For example, you do not choose who should be your biological parents.
Your father is chosen by God, and your father chooses who is your mother. You are the seed in your father, and he in turn chooses which woman would help him receive and bear the seed. You made neither of these decisions. But after you are born, apart from what happens to you as a baby, other decisions are made by you.
WHY WOULD ANYONE CHOOSE TO FAIL?
1. He thinks he knows enough to choose right;
2. He thinks he knows the implications of his decision;
3. He thinks his choice is good;
4. He listens to wrong advise;
5. He is too proud to accept the right advice;
6. He decided not to decide;
7. He blames other people for his predicaments;
8. He does not know what to do;
9. He is under manipulation, and therefore, plunged into a self-destruct mode; and
10. He is a child of perdition; etc.
Every now and then, I see old men who are, by all standards, failure personified, and I ask myself, “Where did they get it wrong as youths?” And still, even in old age, some of them are still confused. Old age does not always equal wisdom. Remember, fools also grow old.
THE SENSITIVITY OF WRONG DECISIONS
Some decisions are reversible while some are forever irreversible. The reversible ones also have seasons beyond which they too become irreversible, or can never meet target again after being reversed. Starting to study law at age 65 is okay, but I doubt if such a lawyer will be called to bar. How much legal jargons will he successfully memorize? Therefore, I appeal to you while you still can:
1. Fight for your life;
2. Be responsible;
3. Look very carefully before you leap;
4. Be humble enough to listen to wise counsels;
5. Be open to corrections whenever you are wrong;
6. Do not decide until you understand the implications of your decision;
7. Don’t be pressured into doing anything without conviction;
8. If you are currently suffering the consequences of a blind decision of the past, forgive yourself and make amends;
9. Stop blaming others for your mistakes. It is annoyingly childish; and
10. Seek help; etc.
God bless you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.