If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serves:...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)
Life is a series of choices and consequences. Step in front of a car, and you will face the consequences of that choice. If you choose bitterness because of something someone said or did, you will suffer the by-product of bitterness -- a dried up soul.
Consider for a moment some of the could haves of Joseph's life. Joseph could have been bitter for what his brothers did to him -- and with good reason. He could have shaken his fist at God for the injustice of prison. He could have been angry with God for not answering his prayers the way he wanted. But in each case he chose to do something else. He gave god the glory for bringing good out of bad.
Joshua was faced with a choice either to follow God and lead the people into the promised land, or to stand aside and let someone else do it. He was God's chosen leader to take the place of Moses, and he chose to fulfill his commissions.
Life is a matter of choices, not chances. The choices we all face today may be similar to those of Joseph. Bitterness or forgiveness. Self-promotion or seeking God's kingdom. Self-pity over the past or putting the past behind you. Let's practice making faith choices instead of selfish ones. Chances are good you won't find yourself standing before the world's most powerful leader. But then again, you will ultimately stand before God and answer to him.
Thought for the Day: Faith choices should be our daily goal.