He loves to get into cupboards, pull on the blinds and switch on the power points.
Reference: He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present. (Luke 22:6 NIV)
Explore: As our 15 month old is growing taller and starting to walk around, he is continually exploring the house. He loves to get into cupboards, pull on the blinds and switch on the power points.
Whenever he gets to something he shouldn’t touch, he hesitates. He knows it’s the wrong thing to do but he still moves forward.
We will then say, “No Jai.” He will turn and look at you, but then keep going towards the forbidden item.
Often it’s not until you walk up to him to move his hand away that he’ll stop touching. You can see he knows it’s wrong but he carries on anyway!
Application: While Jai is only 15 months old, I’m not sure we change much as we get older. We head toward things that are not healthy for us and even though we know it’s wrong, we continue anyway.
I have found I rarely get myself into trouble without noticing warning signs first. We often have the opportunity to turn away, but we don’t always make the right choice.
Judas Iscariot had the same situation. He was prompted to betray Jesus, he was offered money and then he consented.
There were steps along the way highlighting he was doing the wrong thing, but he chose to anyway. In the end it was his final consent.
He could have gone to the authorities, been offered money and then declined. But he accepted and the rest is history.
We need to take responsibility for our actions, because they are result of our decisions. We may hesitate, we may look to authorities, but ultimately the decision is ours.
God desires us to make good choices. And I would say that more times than not, when we come to a crossroad, we already know the right decision to make. It’s up to us what we will decide.
Prayer: Lord, may I see Your face when I look for direction and wisdom. May I start to reduce my poor decision making and increase my better calls. Amen.
What decision making process do you go through?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.