Isaiah 16:3 Make Up Your Mind

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“Make up your mind,” Moab says. “Render a decision. Make your shadow like night–at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees.” Isaiah 16:3

Making a choice on which path to take is a common everyday thing for every person. Every day choices have to be made. While most are easy with little major consequences, there are some that are more difficult, having greater consequences upon the choice made.

Having a major choice to make is often a difficult thing for many people to make. Fear of making the wrong decision causes many to freeze and not make a choice. Fear of what could go wrong with a choice will cause others to stay where they are.

In his prophecy against Moab, Isaiah quotes Moab as telling the people to make up their mind. It appears (from the previous verses) to be they were talking to the women who were fluttering about like birds on what to do.

The statement, ‘make up your mind’, is something that every person can be asked or should ask themselves to do. This can include believers. Many believers make up their mind…to a point, but not fully. They waiver in their choices and decisions.

While every believer has made a choice to believe in Jesus and follow Him, not every believer has made the choice to die to self and sin. They go back and forth with dabbling in sin, often under the excuse that they cannot give it up and are sinful.

Yes, there are times they slip into sin, but often sin is a choice that was consciously made. It was done while disregarding the Holy Spirit tugging at the heart to make the right choice.

Every believer must make a choice as to whether he will serve God or man, whether he will strive to live a holy life before God or live in sin, whether he will die to the old self or live the old life.

Each day you are also presented with choices to make. The greatest choice to make is whether you will serve God with all of your life or you will serve self and man.

This choice is one that only you can make and it has to be made every day, often every minute. Do not allow yourself to waiver, but make up your mind as to whom you will serve today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give your whole life to serving God; that you will make choices to always honor God; and that your mind will be made up that you will love God with all of your heart.

Psalm 9:2 Be Glad

Glad child flying

I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2 

Walking down a busy street in a major city, one will see hundreds of people walking. Out of those hundreds of people walking, only a few will be showing a smile on their face, if any are actually smiling.

Very few people go about their day being glad. Usually they are upset about something not going right, or they just don’t want to be where they are at.

It is common to hear people complaining about something all the time in a workplace. The more people that work there, the higher the chance of someone complaining. There is no gladness or joy in their lives.

Despite all the enemies against him and his life always being in danger, David said that he would be glad and sing praises about God. He made a conscious choice to be glad and to rejoice in God. He made a conscious effort to sing praises about God.

The world is not alone in people not being glad. Going to a church one will see many people with sadness in their faces, there is no joy and gladness in their appearance. And these are the believers, the ones who should be full of joy. Ask many people what praise report they have of what God is doing in their lives and most people have nothing to say.

Every believer should always be full of gladness and joy. They have the greatest gifts ever–forgiveness of sins and eternal life. No matter what life gives a believer, he can know he has life, this should put gladness on his face and a song in his heart of praise. He should not be able to stop talking about how great God is. It is a choice to be made.

Take a moment to think about how much God has done for you already. Think about how great His love for you is. Think about what Jesus did for you in the cross. These few things should make you very glad. It should give you an endless list of things to praise about God to others.

As you go through your day, put a smile on your face and be glad. Show the world that you believe in God, that He is in control and you really do have a great life. It is your choice to be glad, choose it.

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will see what God has done for you; that you will have gladness of God in your life; and that you will constantly sing praises of who God is and what He has done.