Read Joel 3
Focus on verse 14
It would be interesting to attempt to calculate the total number of decisions that an average person in America makes on any given day. I am beginning to learn how much code it takes to instruct a computer chip to run a fairly simple program. It is mind-boggling to me to attempt to comprehend the complexity of the billions of computations that take place in the human brain in any given day. The human brain is an organic computer of sorts – more powerful and efficient than any silicone based computer humans can build. With this powerhouse processing unit we call our brain, we make millions of decisions every day, most of which we don’t even consciously think about – our brain just does it!
In today’s reading Joel writes,
Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. (v. 14)
We make a lot of decisions that are more or less inconsequential, but there are some that have life changing consequences. There is one decision we all must make that has eternal ramifications, and it is the one the prophet Joel is speaking of in this chapter. It is the decision that will determine our destiny on that great and awesome day that Joel calls “the Day of the Lord”. It would appear from other places in scripture where the day of the Lord is referenced that once the day of the Lord has arrived the time for decision has passed. What this means is that the time for decision is NOW! There is no better time to make the decision to give in to that still small, very patient and persistent, voice that only we can hear. It is the Spirit of God pleading with our conscience to stop resisting Him and allow Him to transform our life from the inside out. This decision is unequivocally the most important decision that we will make because it affects not only our life now, but determines our eternal destiny. What we sometimes fail to understand is that we cannot avoid making this decision. By choosing not to make a decision, we choose to reject the Holy Spirit, at least for the moment.
Exactly how near the day of the Lord is I do not know, but I do know this… it is nearer today than it was yesterday. With every day that passes those who put off making this choice, not only miss the opportunity to find the peace they seek in this temporal life, they are also gambling with eternity. What is as stake here is heaven or hell, there is no neutral ground, no in-between, to say no to Jesus is to choose hell. To say yes to Him is to choose heaven. It doesn’t get much clearer than that.