Sometimes we think the decision that’s right in front of us is the most trying thing we’ve ever dealt with. Somehow it completely takes over our life and makes us think that nothing else is important, that if we mess this up, if we choose the wrong path, everything is going to fall to pieces. We forget that our decisions are so trivial when it comes to God.
I can’t write a post about decision making this morning, that’s not the point in this. But I want to write about the love of Jesus and how that is far more important than any decision we ever make. Maybe some of you will see it as a cop-out, but as someone who frequently thinks certain choices will make her happy, I know this is what I need.
I’m really liking the book of Isaiah at the minute and this morning I found this verse:
“‘Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed.’
Says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
I read Genesis back in January and one thing that kept reappearing was God’s promise of His covenant to His people, and once again in Isaiah He reminds us of this. God, who sent ten plagues on Egypt, who “rained down burning sulfur” (Genesis 19:24) on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, who could have done anything to make us love Him, has compassion upon me.
Compassion so strong that He gave up all heavenly powers and came to earth as a tiny, helpless baby who had to depend on humans for even the simplest of things. Compassion so strong that He sent His Son to die an incredibly painful death, to be crucified, for me.
I don’t have children yet, but I am a child to two amazing parents, and I know how much they worry about me when I’m at university. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must have been like for the Father to let His Son experience pain like that.
It doesn’t really matter to God which path I choose. I don’t mean He doesn’t care, what I do mean is that no matter what I decide He will be with me either way. He doesn’t ever leave our sides and, even if I do fall away from Him for a while, He will always guide me back to Him. In 2008 I chose to move to Scotland for university and I definitely did fall away from God for a while, but I think this blog is proof enough that He never let go of me.
If God truly wants us to choose one path more than another He will move mountains to make that happen (I stole this quote from a friend, so props to Rhea Wilms). But I think that right now God is saying the decision is up to me, He’ll work with whatever choice I make, that part isn’t overly important to Him.
So friends, I’ll leave you with something beautiful:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
I encourage you to decide to fall more in love with Jesus than ever before.