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I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations. – Psalm 119:30 (NLT)
I am a firm believer that everything in life is a choice – even when things happen to us outside of our power, we still have a choice as to how we’re going to react. Our choices can carry a ton of weight so we need to be very careful in making our decisions. Now, you may have already chosen to ‘accept Jesus into your heart’, but there are other choices to make – will you choose to be faithful? Will you choose to live by God’s word, obeying the instruction that’s in there? Will you choose to turn away from the sinful way of doing things and to turn towards God’s way? In Psalm 119, the psalmist says ‘I have chosen to be faithful’. What does that look like? The dictionary defines the word ‘faithful’ as ‘loyal, constant and steadfast’. One synonym of ‘faithful’ is ‘devoted’. Have you chosen to be devoted to God’s regulations? For all of us at some point this means altering the way we live our lives and the choices we make. This is no light-hearted decision – it should change everything. My challenge to you today is to think about whether or not you have truly chosen to be faithful and think about the implications of such a choice. In previous posts we have seen that obedience to God brings so much joy to our lives – so choosing to be faithful to Him and to live by His regulations may require some difficult life changes but ultimately will bring you the kind of joy that only He can bring.