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Limiting Our Options

 “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. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself attempting to make a decision between two choices?  It could be between two potential answers to a question, or two opinions on whether or not you should do something, or just about anything else.  I am sure most of us could safely say, “Yes” to this question.  Funny thing is though; the best choice might not be between either of the two sitting in front of us.  Often times there can be a third choice.

Such was the case with some of Jesus’ disciples.  One day they were walking with Jesus and they passed by a man who was blind from birth.  And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:1-2)  They had asked Him this question because the Jewish Rabbi’s and philosophers commonly taught these two false beliefs to the people.  Jesus turned and answered them, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned…” (John 9:3).

The man’s blindness was not a result of God’s punishment for any sin his parents did.  Although it’s true, children can and will suffer because of their parent’s sin—as sin will inevitably hurt others—but it is not God’s judgment upon the children, it is the consequences and fallout of their parent’s sin (Deut. 24:16; Ezek. 18:2-3, 20).  The man’s blindness was not a result of some sin he did prior to being born either, even though this was a commonly accepted teaching introduced by the Greek philosopher, Plato.  Jesus said it was neither of these two proposed reasons. 

It’s funny to me how we can put God in a box so many times.  We can say “Is it this, or is it that?  Do you want me to go to here or over there?  Do you want me to take that job, or go over to the other one?”  Many times we don’t give God a chance for a third option—maybe He doesn’t want us to do this or that.  Maybe He doesn’t want us to go to that job, or the other one.   Maybe—just maybe—He has another option for us!  Perhaps there is a completely different opportunity awaiting us, but we pigeonhole God into a couple of options that we have come up with. 

And I think these disciples were doing the same thing—asking, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus says, “neither of them.”  It’s as if Jesus is telling them, I am not going to tell you why he was born blind, or why he suffered, but I will let you know it isn’t because of either of their sins.  What I am going to tell you though is that there is another option, a reason you didn’t think of—It’s a chance for the works of God to be revealed in him (John 9:3).

Hey, maybe all our decisions aren’t that critical.  Maybe it really doesn’t matter whether we eat Mexican food for dinner, or we have an In-n-Out cheeseburger (sorry east coast folks).  Maybe God has a third option we are not even considering, simply because we don’t want it to be an option.  And perhaps this third option is the perfect option for the works of God to be revealed in us.  The question is, are we willing to allow God to make this choice in our lives?

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Isaiah 55:8-9, what can we learn with regard to God’s ways?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek God in your decision-making, and then give Him time to open or close doors according to His perfect will?

APPLICATION: Let’s be willing to seek the Lord for His ways, versus attempting to make our own limited decisions.

LET’S PRAY: Father, we acknowledge that Your ways are much higher than our ways.  Help us to know Your will and way when we are making our decisions, and give us Your strength to do what we know to be righteous.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott 



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