It will soon be decision time in our country. We are blessed with the privilege of electing our leaders, instead of having them be chosen by lineage or force, as is the case in other nations of the world. The ability to choose is a true sign of the blessing and prosperity we enjoy in our lives. Choices define us and determine the destiny of our lives. A destiny is comprised of daily decisions we make for ourselves. Choose well and you will arrive at a great destination. Choose poorly and well, insert a mental image of the sad Charlie Brown walk here. Choices are made based on internal voices of reasoning inside the minds of each of us. Of course, sometimes there are other voices that get into our heads. When we are overloaded with a choir of voices that over power us we sometimes lose our sense of direction and common sense. With social media, television media, and an abundance of politicians, businesses, and people vying for our choices it can sometimes cause us to get lost in the shuffle. Every commercial you see is touting a lifestyle choice, every politician you hear is preaching a message they want you to believe, and social media pulls us in as we stare at little screens dozens of times per day. Little by little, all of these voices push us in different directions. I believe with all of my heart that we are in a season when our choices will define our future like never before. I can’t help but think that many people are in the center of a culture war being waged on every front imaginable and are wrestling with personal decisions that will ultimately determine a future destiny. The reality is that every person’s personal decision builds on another’s decision until the course of a people group is set. At the risk of sounding like a proponent of doom and gloom, I can’t help but wonder if people are looking out at the world and reevaluating their internal voice of reason. With the instability of our economy, the incredible atrocities by ISIS and other terrorist organizations, and not the concern of Ebola in our world and nation, I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a nagging voice. A voice that is trying to guide us, a voice that is compelling us into a direction, a voice in the midst of many voices trying to lead us in the right direction.
Isaiah said, “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.”
Surrounded by a cacophony of voices, I believe there is a still, small voice of the Holy Spirit that prompts us. I believe many people are looking out at the world with concern, and inwardly, there are two voices that are trying to lead us on the path of peace and prosperity. Those voices are the voice of sound reason, and the voice of the Holy Spirit. God speaks, we listen, we tell ourselves what God said, and then we make a decision to obey. We find a good path. The world speaks, we listen, we tell ourselves to follow the well trod path of the world. Head low, chin on chest, we walk a hard road.
Each of us has to decide for ourselves which prompting we will follow. The majority of our individual choices will decide our corporate direction. It’s much more than a vote in November, it’s a daily lifestyle choice we make. The majority will decide something much more important than an election. The majority will decide our destiny.
Here’s 3 ways to hear the right voice:
1. Common Sense – There is right and wrong, and even today its clear. Choose what you know to be right based on the word of God and not on what’s popular in our culture.
2. Turn down the other voices – Take a few minutes and pray. Turn off the television, social media, and other devices and listen. Prayer is about talking to God, and God talking to you. He still speaks, the only question is, are we listening?
3. Sound Advice – There are still leaders in the world worth following. God will never leave a generation or people without a voice. There are godly people who are speaking biblical truth. Tune in to what they are saying
Joshua 24:15New Living Translation (NLT)
15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
Each of us gets to choose the direction of all us. Choose well my friends.