I Choose God

With all that I face, with all that I encounter and with all I anticipate, I choose God. I must choose Him for the alternative is sure death. Without God’s rebuke, His counsel, His feeding, His filling me up when I’m absolutely empty, I am nothing. He is my bread and water, my sustenance. I need Him to survive.

A near-fatal car accident shattered my foolish practice of living in the gray, afraid to wholeheartedly choose God and His way. In that moment God stepped into my senseless space and opposed me. He stood firmly in my path and drew a sword against me to stop me from continuing down a path of danger and definite death. The Bible shares an encounter of an angel and Balaam, a man possessing the gift of prophesy. God commanded Balaam not to honor the request of King Balak, of the Moabites, to curse the Israelites, God’s chosen people. After another request from the king God permitted Balaam to go with the king’s men. However, God cautioned Balaam to only say what He would tell him to say. When Balaam prepared to leave with King Balak’s men God became angry about Balaam’s eager attitude, so he sent an Angel to stand in the road to kill him.

“…the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the Angel standing in the roadway with drawn sword, and he fell flat on the ground before him…“I have come to stop you because you are headed for destruction. “ (Numbers 22:31, 32 The Living Bible)

God wanted my attention. He wanted me to live! So He acted quickly and severely in a near-fatal car accident. Life and death were literally before my eyes in that moment and I called on God. I yelled it, from the depths of my soul. I made my choice that day. I chose God. I’m grateful He loved me enough to drastically oppose me. God wanted me to live in complete joy and peace, getting the true prize of this life, not the lie the world dresses up and sells to the greedy. He wanted to preserve my story; He wanted to protect my witness for what was waiting down the road. There were places, people and circumstances waiting on my testimony of getting through when the enemy tried to steal, kill and destroy. There were experiences of unexplainable strength to share when weakness seemingly dragged me down. There were whispers and callings resting on the dew of mornings poised ready to fall fresh on my life. There was enormous promise waiting for me. The promise is still there, bidding me to come, denying foolish acts, pressing toward a high calling in Jesus.

Is something blocking your path? Is God trying to get your attention? He wants to know who you choose. Choose Him. No more gray area. Choose God.

The Best Way

There’s something in your way of greatness. It’s a persistent, nagging little thing that is single-handedly destroying your future, your ‘what might have been’. What is it? Your determination to do things your way. You’ve proclaimed God to be your Lord and Savior (or not), you’ve diligently put in the hard work yet you keep coming short of that ‘more’ that satisfies. We often call that ‘more’, greatness, however, we refuse to surrender to the one who personifies the enormous word. We sure do want it though. We’re convinced that our complacent ways and faulty logic will get us to something, somewhere much greater than our finite minds can think or imagine. Well guess what? That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works. The first step toward greatness is the difficult yet courageous act of confession, “Lord, I confess, my way isn’t working. I’ve been going about all of this the wrong way.” If you’re serious about that confession, it’ll break you down, all the way down. But you won’t have to stay there long because soon after comes that sweet surrender with a proclamation from your lips, “Lord, I’m ready to do it your way.” Suddenly you feel a little lighter, you feel free and you’re ready to roll all the way with God. That’s pretty awesome. Now here’s the kicker. God’s ways are not our ways. It’s all good though! Just buckle in tight for the ride of your life and don’t let go! God will take you on a journey of greatness that is beyond man’s comprehension and Satan’s reach. Be mindful to not be lured by the enemy, taking enticing short cuts encumbered with mental games and temporary, self-serving illusions of ‘winning’. Don’t do it! You’ll be back where you started in no time, in sheer misery. Remember, God’s way is the best way! Hurry and get on board!

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 New Living Translation