When Failure To Choose Is A Choice
Joshua 24:14, 15 – “Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Few Christians would intentionally and explicitly choose to not serve the Lord. But the sad reality is that many do so “unintentionally” and implicitly simply by inaction. Choices that we do not make are really choices.
My Advice – Be intentional about your choice to serve God. Make this a choice not only for yourself, but when the time comes for your family too.
How Long Will You Wait?
Joshua 18:3 – So Joshua said to the Israelites, “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The Israelites had wandered in the wilderness for forty years, unable to take possession of the land due to disobedience. They had tried, but God did not let them. Now that they were able to take possession they were unwilling or at least hesitant to do so. Not following God’s will has two aspects: doing things He prohibits and not doing things He desires.
My Advice – It is good to wait for the Lord’s direction and guidance before undertaking anything of importance. But once you have the direction, do not hesitate to carry out God’s will promptly.
Listen To Your Heart
Deuteronomy 30:11, 14 – “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God does not command anything that He does not put into our heart to be able to do. That is the reason that it is not too difficult or beyond our reach.
My Advice – Listen to your heart. God has put into it His desires. Follow those desires and you will always do what is right and just. Doing what is right and just will always be within your reach and will be easier than you think.
Numbers 14:41-45 – But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed!” Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up. Then the Amalekites attacked them and beat them down. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – In our arrogance, we often presume to know more than God. We are humbled when we find we do not. How much pain and sorrow could be avoided if we humbled ourselves before God at the outset?
My Advice – Do not stay when God says go and do not go when God says stay. There will be many times when God’s plans will not make sense to you. Those are the times you should step out on faith and do what He leads you to do. Do not presume that you know better. You never will.
Numbers 13:30 – Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The people were looking at the obstacles and were fearful, discouraged and without hope. Caleb remembered what God had promised and where God was leading them and saw beyond the obstacles, because He believed God’s word was greater than the obstacles.
My Advice – Waiting is good when we do not know what God’s will is. But once we know what it is and that the time is right, we should follow His direction. Do this even when it looks risky or too hard. Do not be discouraged. Take possession. You can certainly do it if it is the Lord who is directing you.
Leviticus 18:3 – “You must not so as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Just because we live in a fallen world, and just because there is evil all around us, does not mean we have to be like those around us.
My Advice – No matter where God takes you in life to work and live, you are likely to find things that are inconsistent with God’s laws. Do not follow the crowd. As a child of God, you are called to be different from the crowd. You may be ridiculed and made fun of, but it will all be worthwhile to hear God say “well done.”
Grow In Holiness
Leviticus 11:44 – “I am the Lord your God, consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am Holy.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We cannot be holy in the absolute sense that God is. But we should make every effort to develop in holiness as we grow in Christ.
My Advice – You were saved by grace. That secured your salvation and made you a son of God. That is your position which cannot change. Now, be an imitator of God and of His holiness, as you grow in the faith. This is your character, which develops over time.