William Jennings Bryan was right when he said, “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.” Born the son of Hebrew slaves, yet raised to be the Pharaoh-in-waiting, Moses had it made. He could have whatever he wanted. But ultimately, Moses had to make a decision. Would he assume the throne promised to him, allowing his people to continue suffering, or would he join them and follow their God?

The Bible and history bear record of Moses’ decision to continue in the faith of his true family. Casting aside his noble garments and the pleasures of the royal courts, Moses embraced the life for which God had called and prepared him. Moses had godly parents who feared the Lord, but his family heritage didn’t make him a follower of God. He understood this was a decision others couldn’t make for him. And so he chose for himself who he would serve.

Whether you’ve had a good upbringing — you’ve grown up in a Christian home all your life, and your parents are active in the church — or a bad one — you’ve suffered abuse, lived under the awful influence of alcohol or drugs in your home, or endured a painful divorce — you alone must choose what direction you want your life to take. You must choose for yourself who you will serve.

Decide now. Don’t wait for your situation to change — make a decision for God today!

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder