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Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 6

Choices

When I was in third grade, my teacher introduced us to a series of books called Choose Your Own Adventure. I wasn’t that happy about it, because I never really enjoyed listening to other people read books. I didn’t have the patience for it. But this book was different. It’s whole purpose was to draw the reader into the action. You see, at various places in the story you were required to make a choice on what the character would do. Every choice you made would ultimately impact the ending of the story. It was a genius idea really. You had the power to decide on your own ending. Some outcomes were predictable, but others came with surprises and twists you never saw coming. As the teacher read the story to us each day, she offered up all the options for a class vote. Sometimes we made great choices, but others didn’t quite work out the way we planned.

                In this week’s reading, we get to watch how far the impact of our decisions can spread. When we start Week 6 of Immerse: Kingdoms, God’s people are at the peak of prosperity. They are living in the midst of true contentment. They wanted for nothing. God’s promises were being fulfilled every day. Solomon’s decision to choose God and wisdom above all things meant they had peace and safety. Every page details the prosperity the people enjoyed. Cities were built up, the glory of the Temple was established, and God’s law was followed. But somewhere along the way, Solomon lost sight of the one true God. He decided to ignore God’s warnings and instead surrounded himself with what can only be described as a ridiculous number of women (check is out for yourself on page 198). Specifically, women who worshiped other gods. Every decision after that took him further from the path of righteousness. His poor decisions sent his people tumbling down a path of division, war, and uncertainty.

                When I was reading the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a kid, I would always go back so I could revisit those decisions which led to undesirable outcomes. Unfortunately, Solomon couldn’t go back to choose a different “adventure.” He was stuck dealing with the consequences of his sin. Each day we’re faced with the same choices Solomon was. Those decisions will either bring us closer in our relationship with God, or send us (and sometimes those around us) spiraling further and further away. While they may not split up a kingdom, they do have the ability to destroy friendships, families, and our ability to witness to others. I pray every day that as I go about my own adventures, I make the right choice – the choice to put God first in everything I do.