On Indecision

1 Kings 18:21 (ESV)
"And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word."

Strange as it may seem, the Israelites were hesitant in deciding whether to serve the God of their fathers, or turn to the idol god, Baal. In our study verse, the prophet Elijah became impatient with their state of indecision and cried out, “How long will your hesitation continue??

Sad to say, many people today are caught in the same dilemma. When they think of the value of an eternal soul and the certainty of an eternal hell; they are almost persuaded to become Christians; but the love of sin and of the trappings of this world prevents them from fully accepting Christ. Spiritual warfare is played out on every unbeliever’s stage in a battle to win his or her soul. And for those who cannot fully commit to Christ, they have made their choice whether they realize it or not. This is not a choice where you can sit on the fence and be okay.

There are no alternatives, there are no yet-to-be-discovered new paths to God: Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to eternal life (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

The Doctrine of Progressive Revelation provides that the Israelites in Elijah’s time had everything they needed to choose correctly; yet they hesitated. Amazingly, even after the miracles performed on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:30-40), Israel would soon forget the One True God and turn back to idolatry.

We see in this story a people who are so worldly focused that even the astonishing miracles performed in front of them cannot persuade them to stay faithful and turn from their evil. Is it any wonder Jesus would not perform miracles on demand in His ministry? (see Matthew 16:4).

While we shake our heads at the nation of Israel, how different are we today? We may not have prophets in our midst such as Elijah, but how rebellious do we remain to the Word of God? How many church services, revivals, evangelical calls, do some people need before they will turn their hearts to God?

God demands a decision and throughout Scripture, a choice was given by many of His servants (Deuteronomy 30:15; Joshua 24:15; John 3:16; Romans 10:13; 2 Corinthians 6:17), yet hesitation remained.

This inaction stems from unbelief in the Word of God. For many, to accept the Bible as truth means to accept a level of accountability that they are simply not willing to ascribe to their lives. But God tells us, “Believe on the Lord and you will be saved; reject Him and you will be damned. Today is the day of salvation; tomorrow may not come.”

For those of us who have accepted Christ we should feel heartbroken over those we know who have still not decided. We should have such a sense of urgency to share the gospel with these individuals and do what Christ commanded us to do (Matthew 28:18-20).

Do not let another day go without planting the seed of Good News to an unbeliever in your life. Equip them to make a choice and allow the Holy Spirit to stir their hearts toward Him.

Indecision equals an eternity in hell.