Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wavering Between Two Opinions

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.  -I Kings 18:21 (KJV) 

I have been a coffee drinker since I was around 18 and over the years I have tried various methods of enjoying this small pleasure.  There is non-dairy creamer, milk, sugar, a variety of sugar substitutes, and of course one can always simply drink it black.  These days, however, the situation has become more complicated.  We have all these possible flavorings and types of coffee such as latte’s, cappuccinos, frappuccinos (I’m not making that one up – honest), espresso, and one I am yet to try called a Macchiato.  There was a time when the answer to the question, “So, how do you take your coffee?” was answered with something like “A little cream and sugar please.” Those days appear to be long gone.  Personally, I keep wavering between having my coffee black or with a little sugar.  I realize I need to be on side or the other. 
God’s people the Israelites needed to make a decision as well, yet it was far more important than how we like our coffee.  Theirs was whether they would follow the Living God in faithfulness or continue to bow down to worthless idols.  The prophet Elijah issued the challenge of how long they would waver between two opinions.  They had to reach a decision; either they were going to follow the Lord or they were not.  As long as they remained indecisive they would never experience the power of God’s grace, love, and mercy.  It wasn’t until they witnessed the fire of God fall from the sky they made up their minds and chose to follow the Lord (I Kings 18:38).   

People today remain in a similar place of indecision.  They waver between following their own desires and living according to the principles of God’s Word.  Followers of Christ are called to have the matter firmly settled.  Place Jesus Christ at the center of our lives and live in faithfulness to Him.  This solid decision empowers us to walk forward in faith and spiritual victory.  Living in a place of indecision leaves us frustrated, disconnected, and lacking in focus.  Is God challenging you today with the same question given to the Israelites?  If so, choose to receive salvation offered in Jesus Christ.  Rise up in Jesus’ name and begin walking in the abundant life He has promised.  The road is narrow, yet Christ walks with us every step of the way. 

Settle the matter.  Stop wavering between two opinions.  Follow Jesus Christ in faithfulness.  Blessings and spiritual victory will follow. 

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