“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT).
There are two kinds of decision makers in this world: those who decide for themselves and those who let others decide for them. Which one are you?
After God made a very persuasive argument between “life and death” or “blessings and curses,” He pleaded with the people of Israel to choose “life” and “blessings.” God knows better and He wants us to enjoy the blessed life He planned for us. God, however, expects us to make a decision now, not tomorrow, not in the future.
We don’t see the future with our naked eye, but we could only welcome them in the eyes of hope. It is natural for us to put our hope in God. We always hope for a better tomorrow. We hope things get better in the future. We hope life is easier these coming years or whenever, etc. There’s nothing wrong for hoping something, as a matter of fact, Jesus is our Blessed Hope.
But in making a choice for the life you’d rather lived, you have to make a decision right now, not tomorrow, not in the future. Making a choice is an act of faith. Faith is now, not tomorrow, not the future. Faith is the obedience to God’s Word at this very moment. We are to live by faith. Jesus warns us not to worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will take care of itself. When you make a choice now, your tomorrow and your future are secured in the hands of God.
Although God has given us the “free will” in making decisions, God influences us to choose His will and yield to His plans. God’s plan for our life is irresistible, for they are good.
• God’s plan for your life is nothing but good.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) .
It is the will of God to prosper us in all areas of our life – spirit, soul and body. He never intends to put us in harm’s way. I could never understand the doctrine of suffering. This doctrine may sound very spiritual in nature, but it is not biblical. Considering the whole Counsel of God, from God’s principle of life of the Old Testament throughout the New Testament, this doctrine has no foundation. The Scripture never teaches that God allows His children to suffer from the hands of the devil, just because He wants them to learn from His Word. God will never burn you to learn you.
When we make a wrong choice, we suffer the consequences. But many of us believers put the blame or accuse God of the brutal suffering we face to endure. They may say that God is molding us into His own image and therefore, He needs to break us to learn us. This is not the God of the Bible that I know. The two biblical reasons why we suffer in life are sin and disobeying the principles of God. As a matter of fact, the effects of man’s sin go upon his children’s children to the third and the fourth generation (Exodus 34:6-7).
Lowering your guard will give the devil the opportunity to whip you without mercy. The devil will put all the sorrows that you could never imagine in your life, and he will inflict you with pain and suffering until you blame the God you are serving. Remember, the devil came to steal, to kill and to destroy. He will steal your faith and squash your joy for serving the Lord. He will then kill your spirit with the sin of unbelief, and ultimately destroy your body. Therefore, choose life.
• God’s plan for your life is to make you better.
“I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 36:11 NKJ).
God wants to change you into a better person. Better than at your beginning. Serving the Lord for many years now, I’ve seen the “Beyond the Ordinary People” whom God has been using in mighty ways. They were people from the poorest of the poorest, uneducated, zero personality, negative self-esteem, nothing to brag about them, but God has changed them into better men of God.
You see, God wants you to be His masterpiece. God desires to show to all of His creations that you are the works of His hands. Psalm 90:16-17 declare, “Let Your work appear to Your servants … And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us …” God will bring out His beauty out of you. He is not finished with you yet, there’s more of chipping, molding, brushing and a whole lot of finishing touch, until the beauty of His majesty be upon you.
• God’s plan for your life is rest for your soul.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-29 NLT).
One of the dangerous lies of the devil is to tell the world that life of a born again Christian is full of hardships. There is no truth in that. As a matter of fact, Jesus is inviting those who are weary and carry heavy burdens to come to Him. And He will give them rest and rest for their souls.
This world that we live in is not a perfect world. Pressures from finances, relationships, emotions, ailments, and etc. are all over us. There are so many things to struggle with, just to survive the daily grindings of life. And people are getting stressed out! It appears that the soul has no escape from worry and fear of the future.
On the other hand, there is the other side of life – the life in Jesus. In Christ, you have rest for your soul. His burden is light and His yoke is easy. Choose to live in Him. Make a firm decision to totally surrender your life to Jesus. In Christ, you are secure. You have the peace of God and the joy in the Holy Ghost. It is the joy unspeakable.