Have you ever had someone tell you to take it one day at a time? Sometimes that is easier said than done. So much happens in one day. For someone struggling, one day at a time can bring more challenges and make the situation worse for them.
The greatest gift our God has given us is the freedom to choose. He could easily force us to bow down to Him. He could force His choices upon us. Do you know why He doesn’t? He loves us and wants us to choose Him. If you force someone to love you, how satisfying is that for either of you? It’s a fake relationship with no sincere meaning. No real love at all. All the choices we make throughout the day will either lead us closer to God or further away. When you love someone you try to make choices that please them and make them happy. You want them to smile and laugh, and never be hurt, sad or, angry. God allows us to make our own choices. We need to ask ourselves if the choices we make will hurt God or please Him. Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Isaiah 65:12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
I know there are times in our lives when we think we don’t have a choice. If you stop and think about it, yes you do. Everything you do throughout the day is made of choices. With these choices come consequences. Good and bad. Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. I remember in 3rd grade our teacher would read the class a book every week. These books had choices every few pages. The class got to choose which option we would take to continue the story. Each option led to a different event to happen. Some choices we made led to a very short story. I loved those books. I love having the freedom to choose.
Let’s take a look at how our day might look in one of these books. It’s morning, the alarm goes off. Do we choose to get up or stay in bed? If we stay in bed we could risk losing your job so, let’s get up. Do we eat before we leave or just eat later? If we eat later we might be too hungry to focus properly, let’s eat. What shall we eat? So many choices there. Now we have to get ready. What to wear? Do we shower? Which shoes? Hair up or down? Should we shave? Wow!! I’m tired already. Let’s head out the door. Wait!! Don’t forget to feed and water the dog. Or we could just wait until we get home. Let’s choose to feed him now. Ok, we are ready. After we get into the car what shall we listen to? Radio, which station? CD, which one? Silence? As we drive down the road we get to a stop sign. No one is in sight. Do we stop or just go? When we get to work there is a coworker that is incredibly hard to get along with. Do you choose to try to get along or choose to fuel friction? Do you see how many choices we make in our lives? This is just the start of the day. There are so many options I didn’t even mention here and your life could be filled with even more. We all have different scenarios in our lives that define our day.
Let’s all slow down and think about the choices we make. Even the littlest choice can play a huge role in your day. Are your choices pleasing to God or are they just to benefit yourself? Do you chose to do something just because you want to do it? Do you choose to say something hurtful to appease your own ego? Do you choose to ignore God because you don’t see Him standing before you? Do you choose to ignore the consequences of your choices because deep inside you don’t really believe He lives, let alone will ever return to this earth as He promised?
God said He places choices before us, good and evil. How we handle them is up to us. We make the choices, God gives the consequences. And there will be consequences for making these choices. Whether it is a good or bad consequence is up to you by the choice you made.
Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Joshua 24:15 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.