Coffee or tea? Hit the gym or head straight to work? Go to church or not? We are bombarded by constant choices. For the most part, they may seem fairly easy, and perhaps all of them are winning situations for us. But what happens when those choices become not so easy?
In 2 Samuel 10-12 we get a glimpse of what free will looks like. Each person had an opportunity for good or for evil. Hanun of the Ammonites listened to bad advice, and consequently made enemies. David ignored the law of the Lord and ended up setting off a chain reaction of evil. Uriah the Hittite chose honor for the king and his fellow men, even though it cost him his life.
We all make good and bad decisions. David made huge mistakes, like murder and adultery, and yet was called a man after God’s own heart. God understands we will make mistakes, but He also sees our potential.
In Luke 19:41, Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem and the choices they will make. He knows they will betray and kill him. And yet He shows unwarranted compassion. His compassion and grace extends to them and to us. He longs to love us, and we mean so much to Him that we can choose. Choose to accept Him or not, to seek peace or strife, encourage or tear down.
We have the power to decide who we will worship and how we will live. Do we sit with the new girl? Do we take opportunities to pray for others? Are we willing to be the one who stands for the right thing, even if we stand alone? Everyone has choices. As we go about our days, let’s pause and reflect on what we are really saying yes and no to.