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I Choose Your Way
5/5/2014

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

God has given us an amazing power to make decisions in our own freedom.  We can choose to know Him, and to have a relationship with Him, or we can choose to be independent and decide to have nothing to do with Him.  This concept blows my mind, and yet I think I am beginning to understand it very well.  God has created us with the intention of having a relationship with Him, but only if we are willing. 

Adam and Eve chose to live independently of God’s wishes in the Garden of Eden, and as a result of their choices mankind could no longer spend time in fellowship in the presence of God (Gen. 3).  Even so, God in His mercy and grace still desired for this intimate fellowship with man, and as a result He demonstrated His love by allowing Jesus to come to earth to bear the payment of man’s sin, so the relationship might be restored (John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:3-4).

God had provided another chance for each of us to know Him intimately – to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  But this relationship would require each man to submit to God’s plan for redemption independently. 

I think submission has to be one of the most difficult hurdles for us.  Submission is our willingness to say, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.”  Unfortunately, having the power to make choices can be a deadly temptation.  We can clearly see this in the life of Pharaoh, as he decided to answer God’s question through Moses by continually refusing to let His people go (Exodus 5-14).  The temptation within Pharaoh’s mind and heart to be stubborn and prideful ended in his choosing to submit to Satan rather than God – this ultimately resulted in his physical and spiritual death. 

God gave Pharaoh the chance and the choice to allow the Israelites to be released from their slavery, but Pharaoh stubbornly refused.  God continued to give him chances, and then He finally asked Pharaoh, “How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me?” (Exodus 10:3)  But Pharaoh remained steadfast in his determination to walk independently of God.   Each time he heard about God’s plan, he refused to submit, and his heart became a little harder. 

It is the same for us today.  We can hear about God’s great plan for our life—about His provision for the forgiveness of our sins, and about how He wants us to live—and yet we can find ourselves like Pharaoh becoming a little harder in our heart, refusing to submit to the One who can give us life more abundantly. Again, God has given us the choice, and He is being patient, not willing that any of us die in our sin (2 Peter 3:9).  

And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, …But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Peter 3:9, why is God so patient with us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to humble yourself before God in every aspect of your life - yielding to His perfect will and plan?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to lay our life down before the Maker of the Universe each day, and ask Him to be our Lord.  Let’s tell the Lord today, “I choose Your way!”  Now let’s read His Word so we might know His will for every aspect of our lives (Rom. 12:2).  

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for being our Lord, our friend, and our God.  We humble ourselves before You this day, and we ask that You would lead us in every aspect of our lives.  We love You and we praise You, in Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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