Bible Ballistics: BBs #254 Watch Your Choices???
Choices are always confronting us—we meet them on every hand. What to wear, where to go, what’s for dinner, whom do I befriend? We make all those choices and countless others, but how are we to make those choices, and what criteria do we use? The Psalmist gives us a good starting place!
“Blessed is the man
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is
in the law of the Lord;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so:
but are like the chaff
which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly
shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth
the way of the righteous:
but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Psalm 1:1-6
The Psalmist gives us good advise regarding our choices, he tells us that there are two types of choices—those made by the righteous, and those made by the ungodly. Let’s examine the differences.
The “righteous man” chooses wisely to:
Walk NOT in with the ungodly in their ways—
Doesn’t get his advise from the world–
He stands NOT in the way of sinners—
He doesn’t join their crowd—
He sits NOT in the seat of the scornful—
He doesn’t get comfortable in their ways!
He develops a godly focus by:
Delighting in God’s ways—
Meditating on God’s Word day and night!
And his choices yield evident consequences:
He is like a tree deeply rooted—
He is rooted by rivers of water—
He bears fruit in proper season—
He has leaves that never wither—
He will prosper in all his ways—
Because his ways are God’s ways—
But then the Psalmist makes the contrast with those who don’t choose God’s way, but their own, wicked way. They experience different consequences:
They are NOT like the ‘righteous’—
But are like chaff that the wind blows away—
They will NOT stand before God in the judgment—
Meaning they will have no defense–
The sinners will NOT stand with the righteous—
Because they don’t have Jesus’ righteousness—
The Psalmist goes on to remind us that the one who will judge is God. He has given us the free will to choose our actions, but not to determine our own consequences—God will do the judging, and HE will judge rightly, and the consequences will be irrevocable to those who have not bowed before Him in repentance and faith, and received the gift of salvation that Jesus bought for us at Calvary!! It’s your choice to make, as God gives each one opportunity to be saved. But if that opportunity is neglected or rejected, there is no other way. Jesus Himself told us that there is only one way.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
We can choose Jesus and walk in His ways, or we can choose to be our own God and reap the consequences.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
I invite you to join me and boldly proclaim as Joshua did:
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15