Indecision is the inability to make a decision quickly. To decide means to come to a resolution as a result of consideration; to make a choice from a number of alternatives; to resolve or settle a question. Indecision also describes the excruciating delay involved in making up one’s mind. An indecisive person procrastinates a decision to the point of paralysis. American philosopher William James stated, “There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.” The fear of making a wrong decision is so strong we make no decision at all. Indecision IS a decision that leaves unfulfilling and frustrating consequences for us and for those who are negatively impacted by our failure to decide.
Israel was often confronted about their indecision on worship. Moses warned them to follow the commands of Jehovah and not to neglect worshiping Him when prosperity came in the land of promise. Their choice would impact their future legacy. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deut. 30:19) Joshua reiterated this urgency to choose to honor God once they’d conquered their enemies, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Elijah asked the Israelites a hard question, when king Ahab and queen Jezebel had introduced the worship of Baal and they were having trouble deciding whom to worship. “Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long are you going to be paralyzed by indecision? If the Lord is the true God, then follow him, but if Baal is, follow him!” But the people did not say a word.” (1 Kings 18:21)
More often than I’d like to admit, my indecisiveness is directly related to worship and my obedience to God’s revealed or prophetic Word. I know the right answer and what needs to be done, but I’m telling God,”Let me get back to You on that…” as if I’m unsure of what to do. I’m really not. I’m just rebelling, or I’m too scared to move. That’s what paralysis is – being partially or totally incapable of movement; rendered unable to think or act because of panic or fear, or bringing things to a standstill that causes disruption or chaos. This FALSE feeling of powerlessness we give in to negatively impacts our relationships and stalls out our future. So…how long are YOU going to be paralyzed by indecision?
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