We do not get to choose many things in life. We do not choose when we are going to be born, who our parents are, or when we are going to die. But after the time you are born and before you die, life is a sequence of choices. You can choose what type of life to live, and you can choose what type of God to worship. Is the LORD your God, or do you want to choose another? He gives you the choice.
“If it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh 24:15)
The Israelites lived in cities not built by their own hands; they trod on roads not paved by them; they ate from fruit trees that they did not plant. All of these things were provided to them by God (Josh 24:13). Even when they were in battle, God sent hornets and hail to harm the enemy before the Israelites struck with the sword (Josh 24:12; 10:11). Which God is so merciful, wonderful, and mighty as the God we worship?
Sometimes, we do not see how amazing God is because we have not gone through many difficulties in life that reveal our sore need for Him. If we worshiped any other god, many aspects of our lives would have turned out very differently. Think about it—why do others worship this God? Why do you worship Him?
“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.” (Deut 11:26-28)
Every choice has a consequence. When we choose to remain faithful to our covenant with God, God rejoices! He did not create us as robots; He does not make the choice for us. When we stick to the right decision, God is glorified (Isa 43:7). Do not misunderstand, though; choosing to worship the one true God does not guarantee a smooth-sailing pass through life. In fact, “we must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). However, the spiritual abundance that we will enjoy through His promise far surpasses any trial we will suffer for His sake, and that spiritual life that we find in Him is true freedom (John 10:9).
Give yourself a chance. God is an awesome God; do not give up the opportunity to make Him the Lord of your life. Once we have made the choice, may we never turn away from the One who is worthy of all our praise.