Choosing is deciding among options and acting on the choice. God made man in his own image and gave him freewill. God gives us the freedom to make choices. In giving us that freedom, He is not going to keep us from using it however we want to. He will never force us against our wills to go in the directions He wants us to go. God gave us the freedom to choose between right and wrong, and if this world seems deeply troubled, it’s because we humans keep making bad choices. God made it clear to the Man and woman not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, the the Serpent came and deceived them, they Chosed to believe the Serpent, sin then came to stay and Man continually made bad choices.
Throughout the Bible, it is clear that people have choice:
– If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. (Josh. 24:15)
– Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (Prov. 8:10-11)
– Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. (John 7:17)
Giving us free will was risky on God’s part because we have a tendency to misuse it. People have made such horrible moral choices that there was a time in human history when God was sorry He made us. “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled” (Gen. 6:5-6). That’s how big a risk God took in giving us free will: that we would so grossly misuse it that He would regret having put us here.
God can’t be any clearer that He created us with free will and that we can use it however we want, even to our own demise. One of author Jim Butcher’s stories contains this insight: “God isn’t about making good things happen to you, or bad things happen to you. He’s all about you making choices—exercising the gift of free will.”
Understanding these six aspects of God’s sovereignty can help calm our fears, anxieties, and worries about life on this planet, especially when evil seems to be triumphing over good and we suffer in ways that are undeserved.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for my life and for the gift of freewill, It confirms I am a child and not a Slave. I need you to make right choices in life. Jehovah correct my wrong choices. Thank you for everything. Amen