On Thursday 23rd June 2016, British nationals will be making a decision that will have a huge significance on the future of Britain; whether to remain or to leave the European Union.
Campaigns have started and as it is often the case, there are those in favour of leaving and those against it. Although the polls already show the number of those who are likely to vote on either side of the spectrum, as a British national myself, I still belong to the group of the undecided and hope that by voting day, I would have been armed not only with the information I need to help me make the right decision but also and most importantly, the spiritual guidance to know what God’s will is.
Sometimes making choices is easy especially when there is a clear line of distinction. After leading the nation of Israel for so many years, Joshua as an old man, challenged the Israelites to make a choice of whom they will serve. “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Joshua made a clear and courageous stand. Here he was, standing before a whole nation and declaring unequivocally that even if the rest of the nation choose to serve other gods, he with his household will serve the Lord. No wonder the people decided there and then that they would serve God. They saw not only a declaration from that great servant of God but also a life of example that was worth emulating.
I wish I could say the same thing about our politicians today. Having listened to both sides of the ‘Stronger Together’ and ‘Brexit’ campaigns, I can’t help but be concerned at the extent these campaigners are going just to sway people to decide. Spurious claims about the effects of taking one stand or the other has been made by both sides; making it all the more confusing for people to actually see the benefits of making a choice.
No doubt, many us, some of whom may be reading this right now, find ourselves in situations where we have to make a choice between two choices where there are apparently no clear benefits of one over the other.
I remember a couple of years ago when I was in-between jobs. I had applied for some jobs and been invited for interview. A few days later, I received calls from both companies; they had decided they wanted me. I was elated but also confused. Which one should I go for? When I went for interview, which one was I more comfortable with? The questions came coming and before long I no longer felt elation but fear of the unknown. This fear was borne out of the fact that I had just left a job that did not work out well for me. I did not want to repeat the same mistake.
At that point, I decided the best course of action. I decided to look up and seek wisdom from the All-knowing One. The choice came as clear as day. Once I had made up my mind, I had peace even when the company I did not choose began putting pressure on me by offering more money and other perks. Some friends wondered why I did not choose that company, after all they clearly wanted me and were offering far more money than the one I chose. I told them, ‘I have made a choice that I believe the Lord wanted me to make. It is not just about money’. That choice turned out to be right and after about a year of working, I got a raise that was almost at par with what the other company was offering.
When we find ourselves at a point where we need to make a choice and it is not clear which one is the right choice, what do we do? We simply learn from and leverage on the experience of those who have gone before us. Moses. Joshua. David. Jesus. We look up. We seek God. We make a choice.
As I join other British Christians to pray for the nation as we decide the future of this great nation. I trust that we will make the choice that is in line with God’s will.
Will you pray with us?
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He lives in Kent, United Kingdom, where he works as an IT Professional. He currently serves as a Worship Leader as well as Home Group Leader in his local church and on occasion, speaks at invited events. He is the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online Ministry and Moderator/Editor of the Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, firstname.lastname@example.org