What is choice?
- Act or effect of choosing
- Preference given to something found among others; predilection.
What does the Bible say about choices?
God has given us a decision-making power. Nobody is a puppet. We all have decision-making power over many things in our lives. We can even decide whether we want to love God or not!
Loving is a choice. God does not force anyone to love and follow Him, because it would not be sincere. It is possible to resist the Holy Spirit. But God is just. We choose what we are going to do but one day we will have to face God's judgment. We are responsible for our actions.
At the same time, God is not bound by the rules of time. He already knows all our decisions and has taken them into account. The decisions we make cannot frustrate God's plans.
God often plans or allows situations like testing to see what decisions we are going to make.
Exodus 32:26a He stood at the entrance to the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? Come to me.
Deuteronomy 30:19 [Moses speaking:] I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.
Joshua 24:15a Choose this day whom you will serve.
1 Chronicles 29:17a I know, my God, that You search hearts, and that You are pleased with integrity.
1 Kings 18:21 Elijah came to all the people, and said, And Elijah came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.
Proverbs 17:3 The melting pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tries hearts.
Jeremiah 12:3a But You, O Lord, know me; You see me and prove my heart toward You.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 On the contrary, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts.
Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son.
Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth.
Carnal reasoning gets in the way of making decisions guided by the Spirit of God.
Proverbs 3:5,7a Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. … 7a Be not wise in your own eyes.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end leads to death.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans of man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that will endure.
Isaiah 55:8,9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. 9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O LORD, that it does not belong to man his way, neither does it belong to man that walks to direct his steps.
Romans 8:6-9a To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 The mind of the flesh is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 Therefore, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9a But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Galatians 6:8 He that sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh; what sows in the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
How to make a good choice?
Good decisions are based on the Word.
Psalm 119:105 A lamp to my feet is Your word, and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:24 Your statutes are my pleasure; they are my advisers.
Psalm 119:133a Direct my steps according to Your word.
Numbers 22:18b I could not disobey the command of the Lord my God, to do a little thing or a great thing.
Proverbs 6:22,23 When you walk, [the Words] will guide you; when you lie down, they will guard you; when you wake up, they'll talk to you. 23 For these commandments are a lamp, this teaching is light, and the corrections of discipline are the way of life.
Matthew 7:24,25 Therefore, whosoever heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be like a wise man, who built his house upon a rock. 25 The rain came down, the rivers overflowed, the winds blew, and they blew against that house; yet it did not fall, because it was built on the rock.
Romans 2:18 And thou knowest his will, and approveth excellent things, being instructed in the law.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is divinely inspired and profitable to teach, to rebuke, to correct, to instruct in righteousness.
One of the most important principles in reaching a decision: praying for divine guidance.
Job 5:8 As for me, I would seek God, and give my cause to Him.
Psalm 34:5 Look to Him, and be enlightened; your faces will not be confused.
Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way to the Lord; trust Him, and He will do it all.
Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy plans shall be established.
Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right, or turn to the left, thine ears will hear the word that will be spoken behind thee: This is the way; walk in it.
John 16:13 But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak of Himself, but He will say all that He has heard, and He will announce to you what is to come.
Colossians 1:9b We do not cease to pray … that you may be filled with the full knowledge of His will; in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
James 1:5 Now if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives liberally to all, and does not reproach, and it shall be given to him.
The Lord always chooses what is best for us.
Psalm 25:12 Who is the man that feareth the Lord? This will teach you the path you must choose.
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you, and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eyes.
Psalm 37:4 Delight in the Lord, and He will grant you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 84:11b It denies no good to those who walk uprightly.
Pro 10:22 The blessing of the Lord enriches and adds no pain.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you, saith the LORD, plans of peace, and not of evil, to give you a hope and a future.
Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock, for it pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.
Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Deus te abençoe!