Bible Studies for Life Lesson for July 4- The Power of Choice
June 25 2010 by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church

Focal Passages: 1 Samuel 13:8-13; 16:6-13  

Seneca, a first century philosopher, wisely said, “You are your choices.”

How powerful is that! Who you are. What you become. Where you live. What you do for a living. How you live your life.

All of these things are the direct result of choices you make each and every day of your life. 

Think about it.

You have the power to choose when to get up and when to go to sleep. You get to choose what you will wear, what you will eat, what you will say, and even what you will think.

It’s mind-boggling to comprehend it all!

And one thing is certain. Every choice you make has a consequence that follows. Good choices reap good consequences. Bad choices reap bad consequences.

“Saul was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel forty-two years” (13:1 NIV).

God had chosen Saul to be Israel’s first king, but Saul chose to disobey God’s commands and the resulting consequences changed God’s plans for his life forever.

“You acted foolishly,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.

But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people because you have not kept the Lord’s command” (13:13-14).

Several key phrases in these two verses are critical to our understanding the power of the choices we make:
  • “You acted foolishly…”
  • “You have not kept the command the Lord…gave you…”
  • “If you had…”
  • “But now…”
Saul’s disobedience broke God’s heart. “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions” (15:11a).

Saul’s bad choices caused God to choose someone else to be king over Israel — David, “a man after His own heart.”

When choosing Saul’s replacement, God made it clear to both Samuel and Jesse what matters most to him. “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Obedience is the key. “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

“To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams” (15:22).  
6/25/2010 2:05:00 AM by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church | with 0 comments

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