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What is Your Life - A Multiplicity Of Choices


"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life?" (Jas.4:14). "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in the land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" (Josh.24:15).

It is reputed that Napoleon Bonaparte once said this: "In every battle, there is a crisis, 10 or 15 minutes only, on which the outcome depends. To make proper use of this short space of time means victory; its neglect, defeat." I'm not sure this is true of every battle, but I get it... If we equate our life as a kind of battle, a decision or two may often decide a destiny. Humans are different from the other organisms that inhabit the earth in may ways. Perhaps the biggest way is the ability to make rational decisions. Decisions that not only affect us in the present, but that will impact our futures. Today's verse is a monumental one for the Israelite people. After escaping the Egyptians and wandering somewhat aimlessly for 40 years, they have crossed the Jordan River and are in the land promised to them by God... They now face a decision that will impact them and their families for the rest of their lives... Will they serve the God who has brought them to this point, or the gods of the land's inhabitants. Joshua's words echo down through the corridors of time, right to this very moment... "Then choose this day whom you will serve." Decisions face us each day, but no other has the magnitude of this one. We have the words of the writer of the Book of Hebrews in 10:24-25 about building one another up and meeting together. But perhaps the most convincing words come from the mouth of Jesus Himself... "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well..." (Matt.6:33). Our most important decisions concern right and wrong, truth and error, God or Satan... Life is a multiplicity of choices. lets choose well...

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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