How do we decide?
Some will ask, “Decide what, exactly?”
Do we have free will to make decisions? Yes. Some decisions are very, very difficult. Some are SO easy…
So, the “what” we have to decide becomes important. Like in the middle of the coronavirus situation:
- Businesses –
- “Do we open / open gradually / stay closed?”
- “Do we dip into corporate savings / resources to support employees?”
- “Do we exhibit our Christian faith by listening to our employees’ needs?”
- Government –
- “Do we act like we’re concerned because we want to win the next election?”
- “Do we do the right thing for peoples’ lives, because it IS the right thing?”
- “Do we exploit the pandemic because we can secretly manipulate the situation?”
- “Do we show that we are really impartial, by just looking like we are impartial?”
- Relationships –
- “Do parents accept adult children and their families back into their home temporarily?”
- “Do we expect our adult children to fend for themselves?”
- “Do we expect our adult children to take care of the grandchildren correctly?”
- “How is our attitude when we see Christian friends helping others, but not us?”
- “What do we choose to think: some employees are allowed to work and others aren’t?”
- Spiritual –
- “Why does God show favoritism?”
- “Why are others doing unfairly better than we are?”
- “How do I react when I read in Exodus chapter 4 when God tells Moses to put his hand inside his clothing, and he pulls the hand out and it’s totally leprous?
- How does Moses decide to do? What happens when Moses sticks his leprous hand back into his clothing, per God’s demand?
- What does he decide to do about leading God’s people out of Egypt?
- What is our decision with this exact lesson about following God’s direction?
- “How do I react when I read in Genesis about the great famine in Egypt, and how God preserved His people with an amazing plan?
- That 7 – year famine brought EVERY country to its’ knees. Was there misery and poverty?
- Was it “fair” or “unfair” that Joseph’s family got the best land in Egypt ahead of others already there?
So, the anxiety level can be elevated to stratospheric heights, overloading our logical thought processes with burdensome worry about this unknown. But when we consider the ultimate question: “Who is really in control of all this,after all?” Then, we begin to release the earthly systems and ways of living tightly gripped in our hands which we’ve cherished almost out of habit.
Steven Wright once commented that, “Every place is within walking distance, if you have the time.”
Our decisions are based on the fact that God is not bound by time or dimensions. He responds to prayer, obedience, faithfulness, and loving others. So, our decisions should reflect HIS provisions, not how we provide for ourselves.
“Lord, guide us to the thinking that You own everything anyway, and we won’t be able to take anything with us when we pass on. Bless us with a vision of You, not us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”