We all have a choice to make.
I recently received a picture on WhatsApp of a poster. It read,
“Read this slowly:
What did you read?
God is no where or God is now here?
Just a beautiful line to say
Life depends on the way we look!”
This got me thinking how true that is. When we look around us and marvel at creation, or look at the universe through a telescope we discover that God is the great designer.
A boy asked his father, “Dad what is the size of God?” Then the father looked up at the sky and saw a plane and asked his son, “What is the size of this plane?” The boy replied, “It is very small. I can hardly see it”. Then the father took him to the airport and as they approached a plane, he asked, “Now, my son, how big is this plane?” The boy replied, “Wow Dad, it’s huge!” The father told him God’s size depends on how close or far you are to Him. The closer you are to Him, the Greater and Greater He will be in your life!
I am sure we are all familiar with the story of Moses and the Exodus and of the Children of Israel’s 40-year sojourn in the wilderness, before going into the promised land under Joshua.
In the last chapter of Joshua, we read that he called all the people together and issued a challenge to them and in the Message Bible, it reads as follows: “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve — and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God”. [Joshua 24 verse 15]. The Children of Israel had a choice to make. In fact, one that would have eternal ramifications.
It seems to me that it is therefore important to consider the deeper issues of life and in particular of our eternal destiny. C S Lewis, the well-known Christian author and scholar, wrote, ‘Christianity, if false is of no importance and if true of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important’.
Bono said, “When people say, you know, ‘good teacher’, ‘prophet’, ‘really nice guy’, this is not how Jesus thought of himself. So you’re left with a challenge in that, which is, either Jesus was who he said he was or a complete and utter nutcase. You have to make a choice on that”.
We all have been given the ability to make choices.
The story is told of an Indian beggar, who every day sat by the roadside begging, in the hope that one day a prince would come along and richly fill his begging bowl with money. Then one day, in the distance, he saw a cloud of dust coming towards him and in anticipation he held his begging bowl up high. Just then a chariot pulled up and as the richly clothed man stopped the beggar asked him for alms. However, instead of giving him money the prince said, “But what will you give me?” The beggar looked in his bowl and picked out a grain of rice and gave it to the man. In a flash the chariot was up and off and the beggar was bitterly disappointed and thought what a chance that was missed. When he got home to his little hovel that evening he was scratching around in his bowl, in the semi-darkness, looking at his day’s takings; when he spotted something glistening. Picking it up, he recognised that it was gold the size of a grain of rice. He then realised what a fool he had been and thought, “What if I had given him everything!”
The question as to where God is, I believe, abundantly clear. The Bible says, “Only the fool has said in his heart there is no God” [Psalm 14:1]. The question is that there is a choice attached to that knowledge. As James E Faust wrote, “Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay a decision, the opportunity is gone forever. Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus an opportunity may be missed”.
So the Thought for Today is it is one thing to acknowledge that God is here but it requires a response. We have a choice to make so don’t put off making a decision to explore the claims of Jesus Christ because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and our passport to eternal life with Him.