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The Decision Beyond the Decision
There is a scripture that has been on my heart for awhile now that is found in Psalms 66:12. It reads like this:
"Thou has caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou has broughtest us out into a wealthy place."
There are many Christians that understand the concept of having people ride over their head. Many Christians can attest going through the fire and water, but I wonder how many have found their wealthy place?
I know that we, as Christians, like to spiritualize "wealthy" and talk about heaven or the hope that we have. But when we look at the scriptures we find that God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. Even through the Prophet Jeremiah (29:11) God tells us that He thinks a lot about us and His thoughts center around bringing us to the place He has purposed for us. The purpose or place that God has for us is a place that works. It is not a place where there are no challenges, but in all challenges are to be victors or triumph over the challenge.
The actual definition from the Hebrew of the English word "wealth" is defined as, "Satisfaction, runneth over, or wealthy." In other words it is a place where we rise above those who would ride over our heads or it is a place beyond the fire and the water.
So what is the decision beyond the decision. Every Christian at one point in their life made a decision to follow Christ. But beyond that decision we are faced with a multitude of decisions about how we will handle the events that take place in our lives. If we are not careful we will make decisions to handle the events of our life in a manner that does not line up with the Word of God.
If the decisions beyond the decision to accept Christ does not line with how Christ operates then we will not arrive at our wealthy place. Yes, we may still be Christians and on our way to our final destination of heaven, but our journey their will be filled with struggle, frustration and disappointments.
Our ability to keep our decisions based on the Word of God is a difficult task because the pressures of life that we face cause us to operate according to what we know best, which is the system of the country in which we live - our culture.
Even though you have made a decision to service Christ, wake up every morning with a renewed purpose to choose Christ no matter what the circumstances look like.