MAKING A CHOICE

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Joel, the prophet, said, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14). Figuratively, this pictures all of us as in a valley. We have a decision to make, and if we make the right decision, we will climb up to the mountains of success and with God’s approval. If we make the wrong decision will go down into the depths of despair and destruction. So in the words of Joel, every man who lives upon the earth will one day find himself in the valley of decision.

God made us with the power of choice, or the power to decide. You take a robot, or a computer, or a machine, and it has no power of choice or decision. Today, a computer is a wonderful machine or instrument, and they can do wonderful things, but it can’t decide to do anything but what has been programmed by someone else to do. Man is not like that. Man is a creature of choice. We are made in the image of God, and at least a part of that image is the power of choice between right and wrong. You and I then are in the valley of decision. And we must make the decision for the right or for the wrong.

Our lesson then is to encourage each one of you to always consider God’s moral standards, his religious standards and make your decisions in accordance with those standards that God has given. If we make the right choice then we will be glad as long as we live and throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. If we make the wrong choice, then we will regret that choice forever and forever. Continue reading “MAKING A CHOICE”

Seeking A Marriage

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Shelby G. Floyd

Today, most young people between the ages of 18 and 25 are thinking about getting married and having a family.  It is very important for the happiness and success of a young man or young woman to make the right decision in choosing their partner for life.  Perhaps it would be good to observe a few principles by which God’s people made that choice in the Old Testament.

As you probably remember, the patriarch Isaac and his wife Rebecca, had twin boys—Jacob and Esau.  The New Testament declares that Esau was a profane man who sold his birthright for one morsel of food (Hebrews 12:16-17).  This simply means that his character was godless.  We see this demonstrated in the choice that he made when he selected his wife. Continue reading “Seeking A Marriage”