Wednesday - “Choices”

Bible Reading: Proverbs 4:11; 9:6; 16:25; Psalm 119:104                                            

Perhaps the most important principle when it comes to living and excellent life has to do with the choices we make. Matt has talked a lot about Choices in his sermons lately, and I think for this reason. Simmons says that choices will ultimately determine the outcome of your life. If you will notice in the verses for this lesson, the word "way" is used throughout. This word is derived from the Hebrew word "derek", which means"road”or"pathway."  Proverbs 16:25 perhaps is the most direct when it says there is a path that seems to be right, but ultimately leads to pain, regret, and destruction. Fortunately, there is also a way that will lead us continually on the way to heaven. Perhaps you have made both kinds of choices in your life. While we may suffer consequences in this life for the wrong road chosen, God makes it possible for us to stop, and "recalculate" our way to the correct path.

Andy Stanley wrote a book called "The Principle of the Path." He basically sums up that we are all on a path, and we are all headed toward a certain destination. The path is not a respecter of persons and has no concern of who you are or where you are from. It leads to the same destination whether you are rich or poor, talented or not so talented, physically fit or not, and makes no preference of your social status.

Christians understand that all good things in this life are blessings from God. However, how we enjoy and maintain those blessings is directly attributed to the choices we make every day. I personally have seen that work in my life. I could tell you several stories where I didn't make the right choice, and ultimately either myself or those I love suffered the consequences. On the other hand, I have made some correct choices, and enjoyed the benefits that God had waiting on me. At the end of this life, we will see the ultimately rewards or consequences, based on our choice, and more importantly on the choice made by our Lord and Savior to go to Calvary on our behalf. So, today, let’s all consider the path we are on, and pray that God reveal to us the correct path if we have taken a wrong turn.

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