God's Word for Today: Choices. Back in the middle of the month of October, our word was choice. Today, it is choices. We might be splitting hairs here, but I believe choices can be considered a different word than choice. God wanted the word to be choices today, so that is what we get.
I know I get a little stuck on talking about Nebraska Cornhusker Football, but it is something I understand, and something I can relate to. Almost any team could be inserted as my subject matter, I just use the Huskers because I watch more of their games than any other. Although, the Navy versus Houston game sparked my interest yesterday too. And, there are a few games today I might take some time to at least check up on. There are many rivalries in college football, starting yesterday and continuing on today, so this adds a little more excitement to each game.
But, let's get back to choices. The Huskers lost their game to Iowa yesterday mainly because of some bad choices. People can call them mistakes. They can be noted as incorrect decisions. When it comes down to it, mistakes, bad decisions, errors, are all just wrong choices. The Huskers lost impart, to making more bad choices than Iowa did.
One example is in the quarteback position. Both teams have a very good quarterback. They have pretty close to the same skills and talent. Both quarterbacks have thrown close to the same amount of touchdown passes in a season. Both are good leaders of their team. Iowa's record for this year is now 12 wins and 0 losses. Nebraska's record is now 5 wins and 7 losses. The difference in the two teams is the choices made. Iowa's quaterback makes more of the right choices each and every play. Nebraska's quaterback has a tendency to make some wrong choices every so often. This leads to turnovers of the ball, and the other team scoring more points. Realize the quarterback reference is just an example. Each is a team. Collectively, from the coaches on thru the ball boy, it is a matter of making the right choices. This year Nebraska is struggling with making the right choices.
Proverbs 8:10-11. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
If you just use the word choice as an adjective, it means the best of the best. Choice gold, choice meat, choice just about anything is better than average or worse yet, rotten. So why can't we simply make the right choices? We want choice in our lives. We desire the best of the best. Why do our choices so easily lead to the worst? Why does our game of life want to count more losses than wins? Are the right choices that difficult to make?
Let's look a little closer at the Husker quarterback. We have determined, he makes some wrong choices. We have determined his bad choices have contributed to losing the game. But lets also note that the Husker quarterback has made some right choices too. Every so often, his choice is right. He is then the hero. His leadership and correct choices have won the game. So why doesn't he simply always make the right choice? Why does he keep returning to the wrong choices? The answer is in our Scripture.
You see, the Husker quarterback wants the silver. He wants the choice gold. He desires the rubies. He is willing to take risks, take short cuts, not work on perfecting his mechanics, not studying and gaining knowledge that he can put into practice without having to think about it. He makes wrong choices because he is not prepared. He wants the glory without the work.
Today my dear friend, realize that you are the quarterback of your life. Each and everyday you are given a choice. "Am I going to follow God today? Or, am I going to pursue the silver and gold of this world?" "Am I going to pray, study God's word, serve my fellowman, and win the game?" Or, "That is too much work, I want my rewards and I want them now, who knows what tomorrow will bring." I can tell you exactly what tomorrow will bring. It is up to you to make the right choices each and every day. Those choices will determine if you win or lose................
Prayer: My loving and gracious Father, I thank you for blessing me with choices. Forgive me for those days and times when my choices are more for myself, and not for you, God. Please work with me Lord. I really do want to always make the right choices. Help me improve my walk with you thru prayer, time in the Bible, and serving others. If I do just a little more work, I can be better prepared to make the right choices. In Jesus', the ultimate choice for me, and winner for all, name I pray. Amen.