Choice: Good Or Evil
Read Proverbs Chapter 11
Pr 11:27 He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
This is so true! We almost always find what we search for, whether good or evil. I know I reference my own experiences too much, but I can’t help it sometimes. For most of my teenage years and into my early twenties, I searched for evil. Even in small-town south Arkansas, evil was accessible. The gay scene was practically non-existent, but I somehow found ways to get the evil that I desired with my same-sex attractions. Since I didn’t know any gay men or boys, other than some very effeminate ones for whom I felt no attraction, I found ways to connect with a few heterosexuals in homosexual ways. One would have thought that to be impossible. There was always a way.
By the same token, when I was in my mid-twenties, I renewed my search for the way of righteousness, a search which I had abandoned at age 16. Leaving the old life behind was very difficult, but finding and establishing a good life wasn’t hard at all. It was found in the church and in making new friends who were Christian and wished to be done with sin. The difference was simply determined by which life I was seeking. God finds a way to bring good into our lives when we are searching for it. By the same token, our enemy will fill our lives with people who will accommodate us in our fleshly desires if that is what we seek.
Each of us must make a choice. Are we going to pursue good, or will we pursue evil? Do we wish to follow the pathway that Christ has given us to follow, or do we desire to ignore Him and listen to the enemy? Sometimes we make those choices and live quite a while living either the good life or the bad. Sometimes we make those choices often; daily maybe, and sometimes hourly. It would be nice if we could look back on our day, and it included some form of same-sex action, to say that we couldn’t help it. Such is not the case. Every time we falter we can point back to a moment when we decided to search for evil.
Our freedom from homosexuality will come only as we train our minds to choose good over evil. It will take practice. It will take a willingness to learn from our past mistakes. Most of all, it will be necessary for us to diligently search for good. When we search for good, the search for evil will be abandoned. We can only search for one thing at a time. Which will it be?
Jos 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Prayer: Help us to remember this Proverb. Give us the desire to choose Your way over the way of our enemy.