SET SAIL!

My friend Jack lived in a large house in a pleasant, leafy suburb. It was a great place
to raise his family of five, but his children have long since married and moved on.

Around 15 years ago, Jack’s business failed, and although it would have made
financial and practical sense for Jack and his wife to downsize, they loved their home
and always put off the tough decision. They ended up keeping the home by default,
probably hoping things would improve. Instead, as the years passed, their debts
mounted until they absolutely had to sell. Unfortunately, by this time the housing
market had collapsed, and the proceeds of the sale no longer even covered their
debts.

Not making a decision is a decision. Like Jack, I have plenty of my own stories in this
regard, finding it quite difficult to “sign on the dotted line.” I think there are a few
reasons why we sometimes delay our decision-making as long as possible.

Perhaps we hesitate to face an unknown future. After all, as much as we try to
anticipate the results of our choices, there are many factors beyond our insight and
control. We cannot know for sure what will follow.

Future fears didn’t hold back Abraham. He said “yes” to God and left his home in
Haran, not knowing where he was going. Moses showed similar faith, leading the
Hebrew slaves out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and onwards to the Promised
Land. Jesus’ disciples left their livelihoods to follow Him, which took another kind of
faith.

Who knows whether Abraham foresaw the difficulties he would face—famine, family
troubles, and battles, amongst others. Could Moses possibly have anticipated the
troubled wilderness journey ahead? Jesus’ disciples didn’t always have an easy time
of things either. Yet events showed that all these people made the right decisions,
helping create the foundation for our faith.

Few of us face such dramatic circumstances as these Bible heroes, but we all face
choices, big and small. May God help us to make well-considered decisions.

6 Comments

  1. G L Cooper
    February 12, 2016, 10:30 pm   /  Reply

    Very disappointed you removed Scriptural references.

  2. Heather
    February 13, 2016, 5:21 am   /  Reply

    I am also disappointed about not having the bible quotes at the end of each message.

  3. Emily
    February 13, 2016, 8:43 pm   /  Reply

    This verse came to mind when reading this devo: matthew 6:33 ( verses 25-34 for context)

  4. Emily
    February 13, 2016, 9:00 pm   /  Reply

    And I agree that a verse or passage to ponder/ meditate on would be nice!

  5. David
    February 14, 2016, 7:47 am   /  Reply

    A good message which would have been even more powerful with God’s Word to back it up!

  6. Avis
    February 13, 2018, 4:18 pm   /  Reply

    Thank you for this passage. It is sometimes hard to make decisions. Rather to stay or leave. Rather to wait or go ahead and do it. And then sometimes i second guess myself hoping i made the right decisions But every decision we make has a or some consequences that come along with. And it effect other people. When i was younger

    i was driving without car insurance. Now that decision didn’t only effect me but, God because i was disobedient to to him and the word of God. Because it said i am not to only keep his law but man law. Then what if i had a car accident. Someone could had really been hurt. But i didn’t have insurance cover them or me. It effected more then just me. And you don’t have no peace of mind i need my peace of mind. So it is scary to make decisions. That is why God word say acknowledge God in always your way and he will direct our path. And withGod we want go wrong

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