Since the turn of the year, a recurring theme in my mind has been the power of a man to bring about certain results on account of the decisions he makes. I’m not dealing the quality of decisions made. I’m saying that the fact that he chooses to make a decision, that is powerful and profound.
The power of decisions is embedded in the reality that man was created with the power of choice. When stripped down to the minimum, choosing is the exertion of one’s will in a certain direction or towards a thing or an object.
I went somewhere recently, and after having a look around, I remembered that this location looked a whole lot different from how it did a few years ago. I tried to sum up what I thought accounted for the difference: Men decided. Sure, what they did required funds and a blueprint and all that, but I believe that all those things became relevant because men decided to act.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV)
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Captured amongst the first ever set of commandments for men was a situation that required a constant exertion of will. Man was offered all the trees to eat from except one.
So every day as he moved around the garden, he had to constantly ensure that the choices he made didn’t violate the command. How that turned out is well documented (and well known), and till date the effect ripples through mankind. In fact, this is how Apostle Paul elucidates on it:
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:Romans 5:12
One man made one bad decision, and it reflected upon all mankind. In this case, this decision was called sin. Creation is still burdened by it effects.
However, what I am particularly drawing your attention to is the inherent power of decisions, and not in an attempt to scare you – not at all – but to make you realize that you are better off being decisive than the alternative. I do not in any way suggest acting recklessly or foolishly, but rather to make you understand that there is an innate power domiciled in the very act of making a decision. We must be careful how we deploy it, but we must also not shirk from employing it.
An entire generation, nation, institution, family, etc., can be dramatically altered by decision making. If we must make any kind of difference, I believe that it starts with a decision. If the eternal destiny of men is dependent on their deciding on something at some point in their lives, then decisions must be made. Not deciding is also a decision.
Seek wisdom, seek counsel, study, pray, research and do all else you need to do. At at the end of the day, though, you must make a decision.
Ultimately, our lives will reflect the kind of decisions we made or didn’t make.