A few days ago, I posted a message about the concept of luck. After reading it again and reflecting further (and receiving a wise comment through Facebook), I decided to write this message in follow up. While I hold firm to my point of view about choice versus chance, I did not really address the aspects of life that are not within our reach or control - the ones that are governed by God.
I do believe that God has ultimate control, and I daily submit to his will in my own life. Each morning before going about the choices of my day, I pray that God will give me wisdom and that He will prevent me from making choices that are contrary to His will for my life and for the lives of the people I "touch" throughout the day. I know that ultimately, He inspires and guides the good choices I make and that He will help me avoid the "snares" as long as I am walking in step with Him.
One of my favorite Bible versus talks about aligning ourselves each day to God's will:
Galatians 5: 22 - 25
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
Each person has a choice to 1) accept Christ's salvation and submit to His will, 2) to ignore Him and His sacrificial gift, or, 3) to reject Christ completely. This is really the Ultimate Choice that each of us faces. Choosing to accept Christ and walking in step with Him daily, make the smaller choices easier. Choosing to live for Christ will also give peace when we face situations that can only be divinely influenced like miraculous healing of a serious illness or wisdom in government leaders. We can have peace in praying for supernatural influence from God and in trusting the outcome to His control.
Let's Talk. Share your perspective on the Ultimate Choice.