Tim Clinton, Ed.D.


 

christopher-sardegna-157Choices.

What we will wear?

Who will we choose for friends?

When and what we will eat?

How will we spend our money?

Who we will talk to?

What we will look at and what we listen to?

When should we speak – when should we not speak?

Will we start our day in the presence of God?

Each day we are assaulted with a myriad of circumstances in which we must make conscious choices, choices that largely determine what kind of day we will have – and even some that affect the course of our lives. I love how Tim Keller puts it in his powerful message about King Saul, “Every choice we make is a part of God’s plan for our life – and we are responsible for every choice we make.”[1] Because many of the conscious choices we make carry with them eternal consequences, we must choose wisely. John Chrysostom said it this way, “God, having placed good and evil in our power, has given us full freedom of choice…”[2]

Recently as I was reading Psalm 119, two particular “choosing” verses caught my attention;

“I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.” Psalm 119:30 ESV

“Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.” Psalm 119:173 ESV

justin-luebke-43531What’s interesting is that in the Hebrew, the word “chosen” means to select what is the better part of a thing – something you delight in. The psalmist is consciously choosing to live a life of faithfulness to the Lord, as well as declaring that he has continuously chosen the precepts (the commandments and words) of the Lord because he understood that these choices were the best part of life – the part he delighted in.

Think about that. Are our daily choices made in light of being faithful and in accordance with God’s word? When given “free” time during the day, what do we choose to do with it? Do we delight in acts of faithfulness that line up with His precepts? Bible teacher Nancy Leigh DeMoss said, “I know of no way to experience unbroken union and communion with our beloved Lord Jesus apart from a conscious, deliberate choice to spend time alone with Him each morning.”

It has been said that what a man or woman chooses to do when they are totally alone – when no one will see – or knows – that is who they truly are.

We might do well to be reminded of the admonition of Joshua to the children of Israel as his life was drawing to a close, “Choose this day whom you will serve…” to which he added this declaration – “…but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 ESV

As a man, we choose to stay in the fight. One of the life-altering precepts about life in Christ is that every day you have the opportunity to make new choices. God-given opportunities to choose faithfulness – to choose His word and His ways.

Choose those things which are best.

 

[1] Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (New York: Penguin Group, 2012)

[2] John Chrysostom, Institutes of the Christian Religion.


 

g-timTim Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT (The College of William and Mary) is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Tim now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored over 20 books including Breakthrough: When to Give In, When to Push Back. Most importantly, Tim has been married 36 years to his wife Julie and together they have two children, Megan, who is married to Ben Allison and is practicing medicine in dermatology, and Zach, who plays baseball at Liberty University. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with family and friends.

Categories: Weekly Devotionals

2 Comments

skerr2 · April 5, 2018 at 1:29 pm

The great thing about choices is there are always more. If we did not choose “communion” and there is a break in that unity with Him, we can choose to repent and He will restore us. It is a daily choice, sometimes it is a contemplation of the reality of what that choice means. We need to get honest and delete those things that are not honoring God. We need to be mindful, open and freely enjoy intimate relationship with Him.

xavierjustice · April 23, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Very good article. Good points.

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