“There are three sets of alternatives,” our professor of ethics once said. “They include ‘either/or, neither/nor or both/and.’” We often tend to focus on one of them when we face certain situations, never bothering to consider that the one we have chosen may or may not be the right one. We often make a decision without thinking it through completely or wanting to get it over quickly because we don’t see other “alternatives.”
But God’s Word is very clear when choices are to be made. There are times when one has no options: so it is “neither” this “nor” that. For example, “You shall have no other God except or before me!” It’s neither this god nor that god, because, “I am the Lord your God!”
There are also times when it is “both/and.” For example, we read, “Do this and you will live.” This alternative is a win/win approach to life. When we follow the rules of God, we will live and live well because we are assured of His blessings and the prosperity that comes from being obedient to His laws and commands.
Solomon said, “A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be moved.” Stability in life comes from following God and being obedient to His Word. “In the beginning was the Word,” said John. God’s Word has been, is and always will be the ultimate test! His truth cannot be negotiated. The one who builds his life and ways on the Word of God will never have to question what is right or wrong, good or bad, honest or deceitful.
Prayer: May we have the courage, conviction, and commitment to follow Your ways, Lord, and enjoy Your blessings now and eternal life with You when we die. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots. Proverbs 12:3