I am so happy. This week I get a new pair of glasses. I don’t remember how long it has been since the last pair. That might tell me all that I need to know. But Dr. Treu (a great doctor who is a member of our church, just sayin) says that the new pair is really going to change things. I can see clearly now. At least my eyes will see more clearly. Actually, living is fuzzy at best.
As a child, I used to stand in front of the grocery store display of candy bars. I remember there were about eight to ten to choose from. I could spend a good five minutes making a choice if my mom or dad where not there pushing me to pick something.
Today, the candy bar selections are so much more numerous. Now Pastor Bob is a grown up “Bobby.” I am just as confused and trying to take the time to make the right choice. Added to the decision is taking into consideration; calorie count, sugar content, and grams of protein. It wasn’t simple when I was young and it is more complicated now that I am older. But it is not just about candy bars. There are so many choices today about everything we do or select. Some say greater choice is good for the consumer. More television channels are one example, even more news outlets. There are more grocery stores and ways of purchasing food. You can buy a car online and have it delivered to your house. There are more churches to pick from. Life should be wonderful with all these options.
The result is that we spend a great deal of our time making choices. I am not suggesting that everyone’s process is like my indecisiveness. But even the most decisive spend more and more time making decisions. You may even have a good plan for making choices. You are making more choices than ever.
I can’t eliminate all the choices you will make in your life, but there is one choice that I have made that has helped me. I rise every morning and serve God and go to sleep every night asking his mercy for all the ways that I have failed him. Then, I trust in his mercy.
During the day I will make many faith decisions about how I should serve God in different situations. Some decisions will weigh heavier upon my mind than others. I will pray constantly for God’s guidance. I will question some of my decisions. I will put off other decisions and hope that I might have a clearer understanding the next day. There are very few days that go by that I am not engaged in my faith life trying to decide how best to serve God.
The Good News that helps me rest at night is that God made a decision for his creation long before all other decisions were made. God decided in his agreement covenant with Abram and Sarai that he would be there God and his children would be his people. That covenant God kept despite all the many times God’s people did not keep their side of the deal – have faith in me.
Eventually, God would deal with unfaithfulness of the people. Out of love, Jesus would forgive them while hanging on the cross. There was no shame in this horrible death. Rather, there was a completion to what God wanted to do – show his ultimate love for all his creation.
Jesus’ decision is that one decision that guides my day. You and I will make lots of decisions every day. There will never be a day when we will get all the questions right. But because of Christ and his love I can trust and believe that he loves me nevertheless. That is true for me and for everyone upon the earth.
So, don’t be afraid at struggling with life’s questions. There will always be situations that demand our deliberation. Take the time to worship, dip into God’s word, express your concerns to God in prayer, seek the council of a trusted friend, don’t always feel rushed, and most of all, know that God is always with you in your decision making, loving you through good and bad choices.
By the way, I gave up eating candy bars.
In His Service,