PRAISE AND POWER                            Choice or Chance                        December 7, 2018

Do you ever think about what a great thing it is that we have free will? Our God never controls us. We are in control of all our thoughts and actions. We decide what we will do with our lives.  As believers we have freedom of will and we who make the choices. We don't live by chance. Some say, “Whatever happens, happens.” We decide the direction our life. We choose to walk on God's Word and be blessed.

We are confronted daily with situations where we must make a choice. There are plenty of examples in the Bible where men and women had important decisions to make. Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego refused to bow down to the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. They made the choice to not worship a false god. Nebuchadnezzar had said, “…but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?” (Daniel 3:15b)

These three men had an answer for the king. Their choice was made. “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17, 18) They had freedom of will. They could have taken the easy way out and avoided the burning, fiery furnace. But they chose to serve the one true God, and He delivered them.

David, a shepherd boy, chose to fight Goliath, the Philistine giant. He believed the Lord would deliver him. “David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.” (I Samuel 17:37) David not only made the choice to fight the giant, but he chose to do it with stones and his sling. Saul tried to arm David with his own armor, but David would have nothing to do with that. He made a choice and God delivered the Philistine giant into his hand. “This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand;…” (I Samuel 17:46a)  David used his freedom of will and made choices that brought him victory.

Perhaps the greatest example of making a very difficult choice we see is in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Sometimes we forget he had freedom of will. He could have walked away from the cross. He could have called angels to come to his aid. He could have avoided dying an excruciating death for our salvation, but he chose to do his Father's will. He chose to lay down his life for us. That didn't happen by chance. He made a deliberate choice.

What about our lives? Do we just “go with the flow” and let chance direct our lives? We can direct our own lives by making the right choices.  Do we chose to walk with God? What kind of choices will we be faced with today? They may not be as dramatic as the accounts we have referred to, but they are important to us. Will we speak God's Word today? Will we fellowship with our heavenly Father today? Will we bless someone's life today? Will we put God first in our life? What happens today is not by chance. It's by our own choice. Let's say with Joshua, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 34:15b)

*****************************************************************************************************************************“PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry, continued in honor of Milford and Betty Bowen by Earl and Nancy Burton.  Our prayer is as theirs was that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life.  You may contact us: PO Box 473, Earlysville, VA 22936 or by email: praisenpower@gmail.com  120718

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