I have this picture in my head of me standing in front of several doors to choose from, knowing what is behind each one. Each threshold offers a destination that appeals to something: my flesh, my spirit, or others’ expectations.
It makes me think of Elijah standing on Mt. Carmel challenging 850 false prophets. He called to the people of Israel, whom he had gathered to see the duel:
“How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is god, follow him.”
Could the people of Israel not make up their minds? They knew that the Lord God of Israel was God, yet they had been led in a completely different direction by their rulers. I love how Elijah called them out! He challenged Baal to a duel, saying in a nutshell that the God who would answer by fire is the true God. (If you are not familiar with this story, I challenge you to read it in its entirety.)
Now we know that the Lord is God, that this choice should have been obvious to these people. So why did they need such extravagant proof? Why did choosing the “correct door” require such a huge display of who the Lord is? Well, maybe we can ask ourselves the same question. Why do we stare at options and beg the Lord to prove which door is the one He has placed in our path? Should we not know who He is and what His will is for us?
I offer this: perhaps we do know deep in the core of our being. The Word says that He desires truth in the inner parts, that He teaches us wisdom in the inmost place. If we truly belong to the Lord, then our spirits are connected to His Spirit. He dwells within us, directing and guiding us to follow where He leads. So why do we still have issues with certain choices, certain crossroads?
Maybe we have stopped up our spiritual ears and listened to our flesh for a while. Maybe, like the children of Israel, we have allowed others to influence our decisions for far too long. How long will we waver between opinions?
We know that the Lord is God, so may we determine to make sure our decisions line up with following Him and His Word. I think sometimes we make things more complicated than they have to be. If the Lord is God, follow Him. Do whatever it takes to make sure you are tuned in to His leading. This means that your flesh’s voice has to shut up, and the opinions of others have to take a backseat…or just get out of the vehicle altogether.
Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Father, I want to be in tune with what Your Voice is saying to me, what Your thoughts and ways are. Please help me to turn down the volume of every other voice in my life. I know that You want me to make right decisions, so please lead me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
I Kings 18:16-40
1 John 2:27