This coming weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday. We’re reminded of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His crucifixion. That day He rode a donkey from the Mount of Olives into the city hearing the shouts of the crowd — “Hosanna!” Sadly, by that Friday, the people’s praise of Him turned to vicious attacks against Him. In less than a week, the atmosphere dramatically changed for the worse. The shouts of “Hosanna!” turned to shouts of “Crucify Him!” It’s a sad example of both the sinfulness and the fickleness of the human heart.

Fickleness refers to frequently changing loyalties, devotion and affection. It’s the “one minute I love you, the next minute I’m not so sure” syndrome. Fickle people are driven by their emotions and influenced by their circumstances. Their relationships lack deep and sincere commitment. The winds and waves of feelings, peer pressure, unpleasant situations and self-centered desires toss them about repeatedly.

One of the best things we can ever do in life is settle our fickleness when it comes to God. It’s a wonderful day when we decide to go with God one hundred percent, no matter what we feel, what people think or what circumstances we face. It’s the choice that brings incredible peace.

Joshua’s charge and personal statement to the people of Israel many years ago is still relevant for us today:

“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve … But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” — Joshua 24:15 (NLT)

Stop the ups and downs with God and go “all in” with Him! Make a bold decision for Jesus Christ — fickle no more!

Dale O'Shields

 

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