Need direction in life? Our life itself is the product of our choices. What a simple, profound and yet unheralded truth! God has given us the great privilege of “free will” and the ability to steer the course of our life. You are where you are today because of the choices you have made thus far. You will find your destination in the future as a result of the choices you make today. Some folks blame fate, God or others for where they are and at times we are the victim of circumstances and the poor choices others make. However, as for God, He created a perfect world and our sin has corrupted His perfect will for us. We can’t blame Him for circumstances which sin and a broken creation have made.
The reality of our future can best be summed up in main idea presented in the first chapter of Proverbs; if we choose God and His wisdom we will build a blessed, good life. There is no promise in this chapter of a perfect life but we can certainly be assured of a good one! And the converse is also true; if we reject God and His wisdom we can be assured of a lousy life. In the short term there may seem to be no difference between those who make good and poor choices; those who follow God’s wisdom and those who do not. However, in the long term there is a difference and not just in the life hereafter!
The following is from a July 1994 issue of “Our Daily Bread.”
“Tennis star Boris Becker was at the very top of the tennis world—yet he was on the brink of suicide. He said, “I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed … It’s the old song of movie stars and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are so unhappy. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.”
Becker is not the only one to feel that sense of emptiness. The echoes of a hollow life pervade our culture. One doesn’t have to read many contemporary biographies to find the same frustration and disappointment. Jack Higgens, author of such successful novels and The Eagle Has Landed, was asked what he would like to have known as a boy. His answer: “That when you get to the top, there’s nothing there.””
Regardless of one’s perceived “success,” a truly good life is a fulfilled life and such can only be found through a relationship with God through Christ and a life which does things His way. All other ways of living ring hollow and leave one disappointed. What will you choose for your present and future? Will you make a relationship with God the priority in 2015? Will you choose to do things His way this year? If the answer is “no” God will give you what you want; a life without His companionship, influence, protection or blessing. If the answer is yes you can be assured of God’s companionship, watchful eye, love, protection and blessing. A life which says yes to Jesus won’t be perfect but even in the midst of the imperfect it will have the assurance of His presence and care. “The Lord knows the way of the righteous but the way of the wicked will perish.”
Someone once asked, “How can a loving God send anyone to hell?” The answer is simple, “God is so loving that He would never force anyone from hell to Heaven.” God simply gives us what we want. Such is the nature of a benevolent, perfect God who granted to us the great blessing of free will and all the blessings/curses which go with it. What will you choose today?
Helpful Resources to Help You With a Change of Direction in 2015
1. Kingdom Man: Every Man’s Destiny, Every Woman’s Dream by Tony Evans