Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to make a difficult choice? Maybe you wavered back and forth as you ran the possible scenarios in your mind and their potential outcomes. Sometimes, in certain situations, it’s just really tough to choose.
“Should I quit my job and be a stay at home mom?” Or another woman may wonder, “Should I leave my job and find something new.” How about the choice of marriage, “Should I say yes?” Or even the choice to remain married, “Should I forgive him and stay?”
So many choices, sometimes so hard to choose.
And why is that?
Perhaps it’s because with each choice we make, we are shaping our future, even though we can not see it yet. We vacillate between the two paths and wonder how each choice will affect the future days to come.
When dealing with matters of faith, and choices related to stepping out into unknown territory, we can find help in choosing by looking at the past.
Not to examine our prior mistakes or previous poor choices, but instead to gaze into our rear view mirror and be reminded of the faithfulness of God.
In the last chapter in the book of Joshua, he recounts to the Israelites everything God has done for them. He reminds them that God brought them out of Egypt from under the hand of their oppressors. How He split the Red Sea and performed many other miracles along the journey. How He fought their battles for them, and gave them victory over the land. How He even blessed them with cities they hadn’t built, and orchards they hadn’t planted.
After reminding the Israelites of all the times the Lord had been faithful to them, he proposed this challenge, “ . . . choose for yourselves today the one you will serve.”
“Choose who you will serve.”
In life we all have to choose. We must make a choice. And there is no need to try to see into the future, instead like Joshua, just look at the past.
See all the times that God has been faithful. Be reminded of how He walked you through tough choices and difficulties in the past. Remember that He delivered you, remember what His promises are, and make a choice based on your faith in Him and your desire to serve Him.
When we choose to serve God and follow in His ways, we can never make a wrong choice. We can never end up on the wrong path. And we will never be left to walk out our choice alone.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Today and everyday of my life I choose to serve you. Please help me filter all my decisions, all my choices, and all my actions through the lens of serving you. Help me to discern your wisdom when decisions need to be made. Increase my faith to walk in your ways, and calm my fears as I enter into territory that is unknown. Thank you Lord for being faithful all my days. In Jesus name, Amen.
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Diane Swan is a Professional Christian Counselor, Speaker and Blogger who is passionate about using her God given gifts to assist ladies in living victorious lives in Christ. She enjoys sharing true life messages that relate to the complex lives of every day women and leaves them feeling equipped to be more than conquerors in all their battles. Diane and her husband Todd are the founders of Seven Swans Ministries, an organization devoted to living out the gifts of the Spirit by offering a unique array of services to encourage, edify and expand God’s kingdom. Connect with Diane anytime: Facebook – Pinterest – Twitter – Website