Choices and Consequences


To every choice one makes, there’s an inevitable consequence. Some choices bring anticipated results while, with others, the consequences may come as surprises. Some consequences are immediate, while others may be seen or felt only after a prolonged time.

There are choices, which can have drastic ends, and others which bring very mild outcomes. A few, only affect the one making the choice, but others impact a much wider company of people, either for good or for ill.

All this is in keeping with the biblical reminder that “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7b). For this reason, choices must be carefully made, and with much forethought, and with the full certainty of a rich harvest!

Keep in mind that even positive choices may produce negative, even dire consequences, just as innocent choices may contribute to unsound results and devastating consequences.

There are choices that affect one in this life only. Other choices, however, also have eternal consequences and, thus, must be made seriously and without delay. Many lives are wasted on earth, while others are kept from eternity in heaven on account of wrong or postponed choices. And not making a choice, when one is called for is, in itself, a real choice. This may be all right in a few circumstances, but not always so!

Along these lines Joshua, in the Old Testament, offers an excellent pattern, manifested in his challenge to the children of Israel: “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

In things essential, whatever is left undone needs to be tackled, the sooner the better. Imperative decisions cannot be indefinitely postponed without the experience of inevitable, unpleasant consequences.

All our decisions toward God, and in response to His directives to us, must be irrevocable in nature, just as His own commitment to us is so! Therefore, choose to know and determine to fulfill the standards set up by Almighty God!

Most of all, do not neglect the full salvation, which He alone can and does offer through Christ, in addition to His infinite resources for a fruitful and meaningful life here and now! Follow His instructions for facing every challenge that comes, and in making careful choices that require your obedient, prompt action!

Dr. Synesio Lyra

Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr., the Assistant Pastor for Lighthouse of Life South Florida, works primarily in the area of Pastoral Care. Previously, he was a foreign missionary, seminary professor, and member of the pastoral staff at two congregations both in California and Florida. He writes an online weekly blog as well as a newspaper column for The Boca Raton Tribune.

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