Luke 12:14 – And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? (KJV)
Upon telling a friend that when our kids were young, they each saved a Christmas gift to keep for opening on Ukrainian Christmas (January 7th), to honour their grandmother's heritage, she asked, "Who chose which gift would be kept, you, or the children?"
The children had always made their own choice, but her question reminded me how very fortunate those of us are who can make choices in life, simple choices, hard choices, but choices, nevertheless. We, who can see, smell, touch, hear, walk, talk, breathe with ease, and think, have many choices. We, who live in a land where Bibles and books are readily available through libraries for borrowing or in bookstores for buying, may choose to read as we wish. We may choose whom or what to worship, or not.
In those times when we are required to make choices for others, we must be respectful of what is in their best interest.
The hardest choices may be when our faith is challenged in those times when God has chosen for us: death of loved ones, loss of jobs, disabilities. Yet, we are told time and again to trust in Him, to believe that He is Master of an overall plan. He has given us the gift to choose to believe or not, hard, sometimes, as it may be.
Prayer: We thank you for being with us, Lord, especially in those times when we are challenged. In your name we pray. Amen.