DayBreaks for 11/26/13 – One or the Other
We Americans like to have choices, don’t we? We go into a grocery store and can choose from nearly a bazillion types of cheese, or crackers, or cuts of meat. Has anyone ever counted how many different kinds of breakfast cereal there is? And, once you get to the checkout register, you can choose from People, Us, Star, National Enquirer, Cosmo, Time and the like. We do like our choices! In fact, we hate it when someone takes our choices away from us!
We like our choices of churches, too. If you don’t like one, there’s another right down the street (or at least there used to be). If you don’t like one type of worship music, you can find a church that does tickle your music style.
The only problem is this: there is much about Christianity that is not left up to us to “pick and choose”. Some things we must either accept or reject…there is no middle ground. Our choices are limited by a loving, wise and benevolent Father. Well, what I mean to say is that while He may leave us to think we have many choices, there really are only two: it’s one way or another, but never both.
Ann Voskamp was writing about this when she penned these words: “No matter what the headlines shout, the world only has two stories: bless God or curse God. No matter what the world tries to sell, we all only get to choose from two shelves: Give God thanks or Give God the door. No matter what we’re facing, there are always only two roads: thanksgiving to God or dismissing of God.”
Joshua put it the same way, long before Ann Voskamp: Joshua 24:15 (NLT) But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
The choice is simple: God or not-God, right or wrong, truth or evil, heaven or hell. There are two options. Period. Choose carefully, for eternity hangs in the balance.
PRAYER: Lord, help us to choose wisely and to make the choice that leaves to You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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