How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him. (1 Kings 18:21)

WISHY-WASHY. Do you know anyone like that? Someone who can’t make up his or her mind? Someone who vacillates between choices? I do.

I must admit that I struggle with making decisions. I don’t know why, but I will let someone else decide rather than put myself through the agony. Perhaps part of me is afraid of disappointing others. Or maybe part of me doesn’t want to deal with the flack if I make a “wrong” choice. Sometimes it’s just easier to follow the crowd.

Unfortunately, my struggle with choices is not unique. There is a long history of God’s people being wishy-washy. Crowd followers. In the Old Testament, God instructed the Israelites to love Him only and to place no other gods before Him (Ex. 20:2–3). The Israelites didn’t listen. All through the pages of the Old Testament, we read that God’s people split their allegiance between the Creator and pagan gods.

When Jesus came to earth, His message remained consistent with His Father’s: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37). He reminded the people they could not serve two masters.

Today is no different. The message is still the same. We can’t serve two gods. Even though many choices vie for our attention, if we choose to follow God, we must serve only Him.

Cast aside temptations, and choose to follow God.

Sheryl Baker is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She likes to sing, read, write, and bring hope and encouragement to others.