As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. “Go away for now,” he replied. “When it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again.” (Acts 24:25)
Have you ever put off a decision and avoided talking about it because it felt too overwhelming? Yeah… me too! Important decisions can be intimidating and sometimes it feels easier to avoid them altogether.
That was exactly what happened to Felix, the Roman Governor of the Province of Judea. You see, Felix had the amazing opportunity to talk to the Apostle Paul in more than one occasion. This allowed Paul to share the gospel with him and to challenge him to make a decision for Christ. Felix knew God was speaking to him through Paul. Yet, this knowledge did not lead him to faith in Christ. On the contrary, he was overwhelmed by what it implied to follow Jesus and by the prospect of not following Him. He knew he had to make a decision. However, he chose to avoid making the decision and to stay in control of his own destiny. It felt easier for him to avoid the decision altogether than to follow Christ.
How often do you avoid making important decisions out of fear? You may be thinking that by not deciding you have "kept all your options open." Yet, the reality is your indecision is actually a decision not to change, grow or improve. If today you are struggling to make an important but difficult decision, I encourage you to trust God, to pray, and to move beyond your fear. God wants to be closer to you. He wants to bless you. Make a choice and choose to believe Jesus is in control.
“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” (Ayn Rand)