Surely we can all identify with that sentiment. How many times have we found ourselves in situations as a spouse, friend, colleague, or observer and just wanted to scream, “Just make up your mind already!”? I have.
In our lives with Christ, we will find ourselves in similar situations: we will have a choice to make. Chose one path and we are blessed. Chose the other and we will find only problems. When we hit the “fork in the road,” the path we choose will set the course for our lives from then onward.
Proverbs 8:35-36 instructs:
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”
The choice is striking. First there’s this: seek God, find favor. As the Lord reminds us in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” He wants to be found. The Lord isn’t hiding out camouflaged in the underbrush of our lives trying to hide from us. Dear Christian, He’s not sitting in a corner snickering at you in some kind of cruel game of hide and seek. Oh no. He’s waiting to be found. Better than that, He’s searching for us! Look at Luke 15:11-32.
Alternatively, if we fail to seek him, we shouldn’t be surprised when we find harm. There is no option for “maybe.” To make a choice against seeking God is to choose against Him. Do you live like a “functional atheist”? What I mean is this: do you confess Jesus as Lord but live as if there’s no God? I don’t mean you’re a pagan or anything, but does harm come on you for the simple reason that you try to do it your way instead of God’s way?
Your loving Savior still looks at you and says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
Seek Him: you find life and protection.
Refuse to seek Him: you find harm and death.
So… “just make up your mind already!”