Read 2 Chronicles 7
Focus on verses 17-20
What could be worse than turning on the television only to discover that every channel is playing the same program? Or going to a restaurant where there is only one item on the menu? We like to have choices. One of the foundational premises of free enterprise is that both business owners and customers are free to choose. Those who sell goods and services are free to choose what they will sell, and those who are looking to buy are free to choose whether or not to buy what is being sold.
In this chapter the Lord reminds Solomon that if he chooses to walk in obedience to the Lord as his father David did the Lord will continue to establish the throne of Israel to his offspring. He is also is reminded that if he or any of his offspring forsake the Lord and choose to serve other gods, the Lord will cast them out of the land and forsake the amazing temple that Solomon had built.
This choice that the Lord laid before Solomon is the same choice He offers to each of us. Without question, the most important choice we will make in this life is whether or not we will choose to believe that God sent Jesus Christ to live among us as the infinite God-man and to offer His life in place of ours when He died on the cross. God will not force anyone to accept this truth. We have the freedom to reject it if we choose to and live our lives as though God does not exist. The consequence of making that choice is that God will allow us to spend eternity separated from Him in a place the Bible calls hell. It is not God’s desire for any of us to end up there, but he also created us with a free will, which puts us in a position where we cannot avoid choosing one of the options.
When we choose to accept God’s truth it does not instantly fix all our problems, in some cases it may actually seem to make them more complicated. What it does is restore our fellowship with God giving us access to the resources He offers to help us become what He created us to be. It also secures our eternal future with Him when our brief time here on earth is complete.