Bible Study

You Chose Poorly

All my friends know that I love the Indiana Jones movies. I love the swashbuckling persona of the Indiana Jones character which is so reminiscent of the old Errol Flynn adventure movies. My favorite in the series is “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” This movie centers on the quest to find the Holy Grail, the cup from which Christ drank at the last supper. When the grail is finally discovered, it is displayed amongst many cups and the key is to select the one which is actually the cup of the Lord. The grail is guarded by a centuries old knight and when the bad guy selects the wrong cup and immediately begins to age and turn to dust within a matter of seconds, the old knight calmly makes the statement, “He chose poorly.”

We all have choices to make each day. Our choices range from the most mundane (What shall I have for breakfast?) to potential life and death decisions (Should I wear my seatbelt?) and a million little and big decisions throughout the day.

As we read the Bible, we see people who faced decisions and we are clearly shown how those decisions affected their own lives, that of their families, their nation and the world.

Eve made the decision in the garden to defy God’s command and she fell to the temptation of the serpent, ate of the forbidden tree and shared it with her husband. At that moment she changed the course of the entire world. When God asked her, “What have you done?” (Genesis 3:13), she had no idea of how her decendants, we today, would still be suffering under the curse her decision brought into the world. As the old knight in the Indiana Jones movie would say, “She chose poorly.”

When Abraham and his nephew, Lot, grew their families and goods too large to continue together, Abraham gave Lot the choice of the land and direction he wanted to go. Lot chose Sodom. When God answered Abraham’s plea to save the righteous, the angels delivered Lot’s family out of the wicked city. They gave the family strict instructions not to look back to see the destruction, and Lot’s wife made her fateful decision. Both Lot and his wife chose poorly.

God was the king of the Israelites but they wanted to be like other nations. They wanted a man to rule over them and God gave them what they asked for, He gave them Saul. A tall, good-looking and commanding figure, Saul ruled them with a rod of iron. Because of their choice, the prophet Samuel told them, “And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.” 1 Samuel 8:18. I can hear words of the old knight speak faintly in the distance, “They chose poorly.”

Noah was a preacher of righteousness and because of his wise choice to be obedient to God, his family was saved from the flood. “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” Genesis 6:22

Two brothers named Simon and Andrew who were fishermen on the sea of Galilee heard the voice of a stranger who called out, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19. They made the wise decision to drop their nets and go.

There are many decisions we must make in life but the most important decision you will ever make is the same decision Simon and Andrew made on that life-altering day they met the Master and answered His call.

Acts 17:30 tells us, “…God commands all men everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to Him”

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36.

What about you, my friend? Have you made the wise decision to heed the call of Jesus, “Follow me”?  This singular decision will determine your eternity.

On the great day of judgment, will you hear the voice of the Savior say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”? (Matthew 25:23) Or will you hear Him speak your eternity with the words, “You chose poorly”?

I make the same choice Joshua made all those years ago when he stood before the Israelites and said, “Choose you this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

The choice is yours, my friend. Choose wisely.

May God bless and keep you and if I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there!


1 thought on “You Chose Poorly

  1. I love Joshua’s attitude when he says this: “Choose you this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

    I can just imagine him delivering it like a well deserved slap in the face to the Israelites (and it’s normally a well-deserved slap to my face when I read it as well). I have made that choice, but I appreciated reading this post anyways.

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