“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20
God is not demanding or pushy. He tells us what will happen when we use the gift of choice to decide whether we follow His instructions or we if we choose to take the prodigal path. When you and I trust Him, when we choose to do what He asks of us it is not because He wants something from us, but for us.
How easy is it to forget that there is power in the gift of choice? We can choose to trust Him with the whole of our lives, or we can choose to hold back pieces of it. Who am I to decide how much or how little the Creator of the universe can be trusted with? The things I think I can hold back or hide, He already knows about. In fact, He already knows that you and I are going to take a different path, the prodigal path, from time to time because none of us are as we should be.
We have the gift of choice to listen to the nudge of the Holy Spirit; our advocate and power source behind all that we truly need in this life according to His plan. But, if you are like me, I will attempt to ignore that nudge at times. I basically use my pride and/or strong-willed idea of what I think should happen and when as a way to try to outsmart the all knowing God. That’s not so smart, now is it? But let’s be real, if we are honest with ourselves there are so many times that we fail to properly use the gift of choice.
He is faithful to tell us exactly what we need to hear, although it may not be exactly what we want to hear. When we listen, respond and repent from the things He has lovingly warned us not to do we are once again exercising our gift of choice.
God chooses us every single day. No matter what. He practices the gift of choice every time we turn back towards Him, and loves us even when we don’t deserve it. My life, your life, is so much more abundantly full and blessed with what His plans are when we experience all that He wants for us through the choice to refrain or the choice to remain.
The question is will you and I choose Him every single day?
Let’s talk about it: How have you experienced an abundant life by following Him and doing the hard, but right thing? What hope can you share with someone who is struggling with something they should be refraining from? How can you celebrate with someone that is remaining the course, and following His instruction?