Week 29: Friday – The Power of Choice

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“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” – Jim Elliot 

“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

Oswald Chambers said, “As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying possibilities will open up for 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.”

Many years ago there was a monk who needed olive oil, so he planted an olive tree sapling. After he finished planting it, he prayed ‘Lord my tree needs rain so its tender roots may drink and grow. Send gentle showers.”

And the Lord sent gentle showers. Then the monk prayed, “Lord, my tree needs sun. Please send it sun.” And the sun shone, gliding the once-dripping clouds.

“Now send frost dear Lord, to strengthen its branches,” cried the monk. And soon the little tree was covered in sparkling frost, but by evening it had died.

Then the monk sought out a brother monk in his cell and told him of his strange experience. After hearing the story, the other monk said, “I also have planted a little tree. See how it is thriving! But I entrust my tree to its God. He who made it knows better than a man like me what it needs. I gave God no constraints or conditions, except to pray, ‘Lord send what it needs – whether that be a storm or sunshine, wind, rain, or frost. You made it, and you know best what it needs.”

Oswald Chamber continues, “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.”

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