Decisions Have Descendants 10/20/2019
Whether we like it or not our decisions will populate the future!
For instance, two men lived in the state of New York during the first half of the 1700s. One was Max Jukes and the other was Jonathan Edwards, each had numerous descendants and a lasting legacy:
Did not believe in Christ and refused to take his children to church, even when they asked him to go.
He had 1026 descendants, 300 were sent to prison (average incarceration 13 years), 190 were public prostitutes, 680 were admitted, alcoholics
His family cost the state of New York $420,000 by the time the article was written
Loved the lord and had his children in church every Sunday
Had 929 descendants, 420 were ministers, 86 were University professors, 13 were University Presidents, 75 authored good books, 7 were elected to Congress, 1 was Vice-President of the United States
His family never cost the state one dime, yet contributed immeasurably to our country
The Potential Factor
Every decision will release its energy upon the future! Our thoughts carry potential and our decisions release it!
As a young boy, I was taught to shoot a gun. The fact of the power and range of my ammunition was stressed every time I was allowed to fire a weapon.
The Cardinal Rule in the decision to fire was: “check downrange- make sure of your target!”
With this in mind:
Let’s consider for a moment…
…Eve beside the tree
…Cain alone with Abel
…Moses seeing what looks like a bush on fire
…Moses, a rod, and a rock
…Caleb and Joshua-what to report?
…Abraham and Sarai- thinking maybe Hagar might be God’s answer
…David deciding to stay home from battle
…A rich young ruler struggling with his investments
…Jesus weighing the Father’s will against His own
…Pilote deciding not to decide
…Ananias and Saphira deciding to lie
It’s plain to see from these few examples that; The momentous often is hiding amidst the mundane!
A different decision in each case would have resulted in a very different outcome!
Question: Is there any significant personal decision I can casually dismiss as “no big deal”?
I saw a quote one time I thought said it well:
“Life is what happens while you are planning more important things.”
Question: How am I going to live with the pressure, because my decisions will have such a major impact on the future?
Thankfully, as believers, we have a massive amount of principles and promises from the Lord that assure us of His ever-present guidance and interest in leading us toward good results. His repeated promises of provision, protection, direction, and even redemption and restoration not only make decision making less stressful but potentially exciting!
So, as the first order of business… FEAR NOT!
Let’s look at a very small sample of the many promises the Lord has given to those of us who seek His direction…
These four verses provide what I refer to as a kind of general “Atmospherics” to bear in mind as we approach a life filled with decisions…
Let me leave you today with a checklist of situations and attitudes I have identified in the Scriptures and my experience that I hope you will consider when contemplating a decision.
Be careful about decisions made WHEN…