For to set the mind on flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8: 6

God made a choice, He wants to be with us; He desires our companionship and our worship. He could leave us in our lost states, and He could walk away when we start to live like the lost again; but then He wouldn’t be the one true God. For the Lord has made promises to us; He shows us a clear picture of who He is and of how He behaves. God has been demonstrating His faithful love and His unending involvement with people through all of history, and He has been holding onto me for as long as I can remember.

Yet, I have made a lot of choices in my life that were not so good. I continue to make choices that are clearly not in God’s plan for me, and in these thoughts and actions I have a lot of company. Everyone faces struggles like this; for, we all make the decision to sin, and it is easy to rationalize and to say that I was just caught off-guard or that it was the bad behavior of someone else that sent me over the edge, but, speaking truth, the sinful things that we do are the result of personal choice. And that choice leads to a form of death, for it separates us from God’s will and from the intimate, close relationship that we have with him. Isaiah said it this way,

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you”

Isaiah 59: 2

Thus, choosing to think, to act, and to live like someone who does not know the Lord is making a decision to live in a state like that of death; yet, climbing into the coffin and pulling the lid shut simply makes no sense. God tells us that there are alternatives, and He provides us with a better way to approach life. We are instructed to set our minds  so that we are steering a course that has the purpose and the precision of piloting a ship or a plane; thus, we need to go through life focused very clearly and specifically on the Spirit of God. It is important to actively and purposefully do this, for it won’t just happen all of the time. We need to start every day by pointing our hearts and minds into the center of God’s will for us; then, we need to recheck where we are during the day; finally, we need to end each day with another check on position and spiritual status.  

The life that God wants to lead us to is full of adventure, and it will satisfy us totally. The life that my Lord has planned for me will give me everything that I desire and much more, and it is a life that is characterized by a heart-deep peace that is unbreakable. All of this is there for each of us if we will simply choose to follow the leading of the Spirit of God.