Subject : Godly Choice
Scripture : Hebrews 11: 23 – 28
Life is full of choice ; Bible is book of choice. Adam & Eve had a choice ; Cain and Abel had a choice to make; people of Israel had choice to make ; every saints of OT had choice to make; disciples of Jesus had choice to make. Today church is existing as the called out people of God is by making a choice to follow Christ. Lord of all creation and King of every nations never force any one to worship Him. He only commands His people to worship & follow Him. He desires His people to fear Him and revere out of love. Each moments of our life are the results of our choice we make. Each choice proceeds from another choice. Destiny of life is achieved and depends on the choice that we make.
In the Scripture we see 2 kinds of choice : Godly Choice and Your Choice. For now we will look into Godly Choice and what it involves, focusing on Moses and his godly choice.
1. Godly choice involves Faith & Trust in God . V. 23
Like Moses, his parents had choice to make. They chose to keep the child Moses alive than to keep the decree of the Pharaoh.
2. Godly choice involves Refusing . V. 24
Every choice something to accept and something to refuse. You cannot have once choice without rejecting another.
The writer of Hebrew clearly state that Moses in order to make a Godly choice, he had to refuse to something. He refused worldly position & reputation, he refused the pleasure of sin, and he refused the wealth and prosperity of this world.
3. Godly choice involves Suffering . V. 25
Since we have to make choice in this world and the world is not of God’s people, every choice they make to glorify Him is opposed by this world. The world is against His people and their choice for Him. The way that the Lord has prepared is a narrow way. It is the way of cross, and suffering.
4. . Godly choice involves Reward. V. 26
Moses chose the way of suffering with His people. He considered that suffering as his privilege for he looked for an eternal reward from God. Godly choice leads us to walk on narrow way of suffering but promises us eternal reward. Godly choice has God’s reward. All heroes recorded in Hebrews 11 have walked through that way of cross for they all looked for a reward from heaven. ( 11: 39-40)
5. Godly choice involves Divine Protection. V. 27 – 28
In this way of suffering God is always near us. He walks with us and protects us, because we chose to follow Him and His will. Moses and people of Israel choose to obey the commands of God to apply the blood of lamb and to observe the Passover ; and death could not touch them.
Scripture also records about several people who made their own choice. And as the consequence the result was troubles & death.
- Adam and Eve brought sin and death to the world.
- World of Noah was destroyed by flood for listening the warning of God.
- Abraham went Egypt almost lost his wife for going to down to Egypt.
- People of Judah went exile for not heeding to the warning of God’s prophets.
- People of Judah stayed backed in Persia and as result almost killed there.
- Jonah choose to go another place and was in trouble and brought trouble others.
Like Moses we have choice to make - to remaining with this world and follow it or to reject it and take up the cross, to pray or not to pray, to read Bible or to watch TV, to go church or to spend time in FB, etc.
May the Lord bless us to chose His ways and will in our lives for His glory !