” I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; Deuteronomy 30:19.
We have many choices set before us every day. Sometimes the choices we make can have great consequences in our lives. Things like choosing to go somewhere we know we shouldn’t, or doing something we know we shouldn’t would be obvious ones. Yet, even the smallest choices can have consequences. We need to make our choices wisely.
The Bible says the joy of the Lord is our strength. Do we purposely choose joy? Even when things don’t seem joyful? Do we choose to believe that if God is for us who can be against us? Do we choose to be thankful? Thankful for things we may take for granted, that many in the world do not have. Food to eat, a roof over our head, people who love us, and even just the fact that we got up this morning, and we are still breathing.
Do we carefully choose the words we speak? Do we speak only blessings over our lives and not curses? And what about the things we choose to think about? If the thoughts we are thinking aren’t good thoughts, and they make us feel angry or sad or bad about ourselves, then we know they are not from the Lord. Do we choose to keep thinking them anyway?
To me and I’m sure to many others that is one of the greatest battles. We can listen to those negative thoughts and before we know it we are meditating on them and feeling bad. If we realize we are thinking on the wrong things we can instead choose to do what the Bible says, and take those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. Then we can replace those negative thoughts with the Word instead.
God’s thoughts about us are always good. As Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Thankfully, He does not think the same way we think. Isaiah 55: 8-9: ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
How different would our day be if when we get up in the morning, we first thank the Lord that we are alive, then we choose life, choose joy, choose to only speak and think on good things. Choose to believe the best of people and to treat them as though they had done us no wrong.
What if instead of watching the news and mediating on what the media says and wringing our hands over it, we choose to pray about it instead? And mostly, how about if we choose faith. If we just choose to believe that no matter what we see going on around us with our natural eyes, we focus on the Lord instead and know that He has His hand on us. Choose to focus on His promises instead of our problems.
For those who know the Lord and love Him, he has given us this promise from Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Amen. We can choose to believe that.