Abram chose to follow God – Gen 15:6, “And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”
Abram chose to take Lot with him – God had told him to leave his family behind. Abram decided to take Lot. This would cause Abram a lot of grief.
Lot chose the fertile lands near Sodom and Gomorrah. The events that follow would lead to his wife’s demise, his incest with his daughters, and the birth of the nations that would become Israel’s enemies.
Abram and Sarai chose to “help” God’s plan of providing and heir to Abram. Hagar (Sarai’s servant) has Abram’s child, Ishmael. Ishmael’s descendants would eventually and continually plague Israel.
Abraham chose to follow God’s Covenant. God confirms His promise of an heir.
Abraham chose to follow God and offer Isaac. Yes, God stops the sacrifice, but know that Abraham will be faithful even in the difficult times.
Our choices determine the quality of our lives.
- Job choice – What will I do? How will I apply myself to my vocation?
- School choice – Will I continue my education? Will I do my best in school?
- Choice of spouse – Who will I marry? Will I devote myself to my spouse?
- Choice to have children – When will I have children? If physically unable, will I adopt?
- Where to live – rural, suburban, urban?
- How to live – What will be the focus of my life?
A psychologist once told me, “Many of the people I treat come to me when they find themselves making the same mistake(s) over and over. They make the same mistake(s) because they do not change their choices. Life is a series of choices.”
My life is not my family’s fault. My life is mine.
Your life is not your family’s fault. Your life is yours.
You and I have a CHOICE!
I can choose to do what is wrong. You can choose to do what is right. We choose our life and we choose our eternity.
When Abraham, Sarah, Lot, Isaac, Esau, and others in scripture chose to step in and do things their own way, trouble followed. When they chose to follow God’s way, blessings followed.
You have a choice today! “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him.” (1Kings 18:21)