You cannot abstain from life or the situations you find yourself in. No decision is, in fact, always a decision. And yet, sometimes you don’t see clearly what you want or what choice will yield the best outcome. Sometimes it seems easier to put your head down, close your eyes, and hope that someone else will provide for the outcome. Sometimes hope seems more reasonable than choice, and confidence seems irrational in the face of the evidence.
Maybe you’ve seen the lab results come back against you. Maybe you’ve been turned down for a position you really wanted. Maybe your accountant is telling you the business is just not turning fast enough. The list goes on of all of the situations in which the enemy will tell you to pause, wait, and stop. Stop believing and start wishing. Stop choosing and start hoping. Stop receiving and start despairing.
It is at these moments in life when there appear to be no good choices, that you need to engage your eyes of faith and make the decision for confidence, healing, restoration, accomplishment, blessing, peace, joy, and success.
The secret to overcoming the no decision paradox is to make a choice by adding an option to the menu. Life presents you with two bad choices and you say, “Thank you, I’ll pass on those and take salvation instead”.
“Hold on a second Steve, you’re suggesting that salvation is always on the table. But it’s not. Life can really suck and you can find yourself in situations with no good options. You aren’t saying that there is always a good option are you?”
Absolutely. Rather than refusing to make a tough choice. Rather than cowering in the face of disaster, defeat, disease, or death. Rather than hoping for a better choice to come along and waiting to make a decision — make the choice to embrace where you are and what you are facing as an opportunity for salvation.
Take what the enemy has planned for your harm. Take their best effort to cut you off, cut you down, hold you back, and prevent you from receiving the life that God has in store for you, and choose to refuse the options presented, instead making the choice to pull the rip cord on opening the parachute into your God given destiny.
God is always available and salvation is always an option.
So, when the enemy catches you in a dead end, wraps you up in a complex mess, or frustrates your efforts to achieve the results you are looking for, rather than giving up, giving in, or choosing any of the awful options that appear to be your only choices, start looking for that third option that the enemy is not presenting – start looking to choose salvation.
Sometimes salvation can be hard to find or challenging to accept. For instance, embracing the fact that death is not the end of life, but a doorway to eternal life may be one of the toughest realizations you will ever have to make. But when you do, you will discover that many of the stupid choices offered by the enemy in the face of death are simply not worth the trouble or the consideration that you were giving them before. Rather than accepting despair and defeat, you can accept salvation from fear, doubt, hopelessness, and, yes, the power of death itself, instead living in expectation of the healing, restoration, and eternal life that God is providing both now and forever.
The fact is, regardless of what the enemy brings against you, you don’t have to let them steal your joy, obstruct your blessings, or keep you from living the life that God has in store for you.
God is not about instilling false hope, or asking you to ignore the facts about your situation. On the contrary, God is looking to bring life, healing, restoration, and success even into the darkest corners and deepest challenges.
The key is to start looking for the option that is not presented. Don’t cower in the dark wishing for a different life, a different circumstance, or a different situation. Accept the facts, embrace the reality, and make the salvation choice.
“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world. ” – Matthew 5
This means that God is making you the deciding factor — you are the answer your situation is looking for.
This change in perspective is what Jesus is asking you to realize. When you are in the toughest choices of your life, when the chips are down and the facts are hard to swallow, the answer doesn’t come from somewhere else, the answer to your situation is already within you, planted by your savior.
God has called you. God has chosen you. God has provided you with the power to make a difference where you are. You can be hope for the weak, and life for the powerless. You can be healing for the broken, and sight for the blind. You are a receiver of a God given destiny and no matter what the enemy brings against you, what God provides you is more, bigger, stronger, and better.
You are a difference maker. So, don’t be afraid of the options you have been presented. Don’t waver in indecision because you don’t like what the enemy says your choices are. Instead, step beyond the limits of the box that the enemy would put you in, and step out in faith into the life that God has in store.
God’s promises are sure, His presence is power, His love is without limit, His answers are available, and His life is everlasting.
That’s why the Bible says,
“Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8
No matter what, salvation is always an option. Find it. Choose it. Receive it. Live it. Love it. Pass it on.