Tag: Choose

The Good or The Best?

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left. —Genesis 13:9

As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying possibilities will open up before you. These things are yours by right, but if you are living the life of faith you will exercise your right to waive your rights, and let God make your choice for you. God sometimes allows you to get into a place of testing where your own welfare would be the appropriate thing to consider, if you were not living the life of faith. But if you are, you will joyfully waive your right and allow God to make your choice for you. This is the discipline God uses to transform the natural into the spiritual through obedience to His voice.

Whenever our right becomes the guiding factor of our lives, it dulls our spiritual insight. The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best. In this passage, it would seem that the wisest thing in the world for Abram to do would be to choose. It was his right, and the people around him would consider him to be a fool for not choosing.

Many of us do not continue to grow spiritually because we prefer to choose on the basis of our rights, instead of relying on God to make the choice for us. We have to learn to walk according to the standard which has its eyes focused on God. And God says to us, as He did to Abram, “…walk before Me…” (Genesis 17:1).

by Oswald Chambers

The filthy puddle of this world!

Grace Gems Whiteby William Dyer

“The Strait Way to Heaven”

“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God–rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.” Hebrews 11:24-25

Choose suffering–before sinning. Oh! beloved, there is more evil in the least sin against Christ–than in the greatest suffering for Christ!

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17

1. Our sufferings for Christ are but light.

2. Our sufferings for Christ are short–but for a moment.

3. Christ stands by us in our sufferings.

4. Our sufferings are ordered by the Father.

5. Our sufferings shall not hurt our souls.

6. God gives us the best of comforts–in the worst of times.

We have most consolation from God–when we have most tribulation from men! As our sufferings abound–so our consolations abound. When the burden is heaviest upon the back–then the peace of conscience is sweetest within. Therefore, my dear brethren, keep yourselves out of the filthy puddle of this world, and from the evil of this world! And if you must sin or suffer–choose suffering before sinning!

by William Dyer