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Joshua 24:15,24 – [Joshua said to all the people,] "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." And the people said to Joshua, "We will serve the Lord our God and obey him." (NIV)
One of my favourite pastimes is playing Bible quiz games on the Internet. There are many choices available: crosswords, word searches, code words, Su Doku, quizzes to fill in the blanks and those with multiple choices. I have the option of choosing the type of quiz I feel I can excel in. I've found that the ones which provide me with multiple choices are best for me. If I am given options, I can usually choose the correct one. This method does not work for friends of mine who like to fill in the blanks or unscramble words.
No matter how we arrive at making our choices, we are required to make them every day. None of our choices are as important as determining where our ultimate loyalty lies. That choice will determine our behaviour toward God and others. This is not just a one-time choice. Each day, and often several times during the day, we have the choice of choosing God's way or turning away.
Each time we make a choice for God, we grow in His direction. Our faith grows a little stronger each time we say "Yes" to His leading. We find it a little easier to love rather than to hate, to smile instead of to frown, to persevere rather than to quit.
Prayer: Lord, making the right choice is hard, even when we know what Your choices are. Standing against the popular crowd takes great courage. Grant us the boldness to choose Your way and the willingness to be responsible for upholding Your truths. Amen.