This fall I volunteered with an outstanding group of young people putting on Bible Clubs in OKC. The children who attended earned points based on their behavior, how many times they came, and if they brought their Bibles. Their points won them prizes given on the last club meeting of the semester. Those with the most points could choose a more valuable prize like a framed picture or a nice game while those with the least were limited to cheap, small things like a balloon. I was in charge of the prize table on the “day of reckoning” and told the eager children which group of prizes they could choose from.
I remember seeing the joy on the faces of those who received the highest reward possible as they rushed to claim the prizes that others could only long for. Except for one girl. She had the option of choosing something much nicer, but she had her eye on an insignificant trinket of practically no value. But that was her choice and I did not stop her as she made her selection and skipped away.
As I watched her and wondered why she would settle for so little I asked myself if God ever feels that way toward us. God has offered many priceless gifts such as the sweet fellowship of His continual presence and a plan for us which we can not even comprehend. (Eph. 3:20) Does He ever look on my choices and wonder why I would settle for less? He is trustworthy. His ways are best and I will make Him my choice. “…the word of the LORD came… saying… I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Will we be happy with our choices on the day of reckoning?