Joshua 24:15 “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
As a child, I read Choose Your Own Adventure books. If you read them too, you will remember that, at crucial points in the story, the books gave the reader a choice concerning how the hero or heroine will respond. How you choose sends them off on one adventure or another. The same is true in your spiritual walk. God has designed your story so that you have the opportunity to choose your own adventure.
In Deuteronomy 30:19 God explains the choice this way, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life.” So, after reading this far, it’s up to you as the reader to make a decision. Is God real? Is the Bible true? Is Jesus the Son of God? Do you believe the message of the Bible? Or do you choose not to believe? You get to choose the direction your story takes. But be careful: this decision is bigger than a simple life and death issue (if that could be called simple). Your decision is a question of eternal life and eternal death.
Will you choose the way of life that leads to heaven, or will you choose to walk away from God and eventually end up in hell?
One of my atheist friends asked me, “How do I choose to believe if I do not believe? The reason I do not believe is not because I don’t want to believe, it is because I can’t believe.” I answered him by saying, “If you feel you cannot believe, ask the God you do not believe in to give you the faith to believe. If you ask, I am confident He will reveal Himself to you.” Jesus once said to a man, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The man responded, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). This man acknowledged that at the same time that he believed, he was also struggling with unbelief. Doubt and problems with belief are not insurmountable problems to God. The key is to not allow your lack of belief or faith to keep you from going to God.
There is a proverb that says “Lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways, acknowledge [God], and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). This means that when we are struggling with unbelief, we have two choices: we can trust our doubts, or we can take that unbelief to God—acknowledging it to Him. If we choose to trust in our unbelief, we will never start believing. But if we take our unbelief to God, He can show us the way to Him.
If you have doubts, or are having difficulty believing, God is on your side. He is not against those who do not believe. As it says in John 3:17: “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” The only question that remains is: Will you dare to follow Christ?
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About the Author: Dr. Daniel King is a missionary evangelist who has traveled to over seventy nations in his quest for souls. His goal is to lead 1,000,000 people to Jesus every year through massive Gospel Festivals, distribution of literature, and leadership training. Because of his experience and research on evangelism, he is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in mass evangelism. As an evangelist, he has a deep interest in using apologetics to convince skeptics that God is real.