God has given us a guide book for life, the Bible. It says that, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Even so, God does not demand that we read it, nor follow its advice.
Within the frame work of life, God has given us the opportunity to “choose who we will serve.” (Joshua 24:24-15) Although God desires for”…all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1Tim. 2:4) He gave choice at great personal risk, knowing that many would turn away and choose not to follow him.
God is not forceful. He is not controlling. He does not demand our obedience, love or allegiance. Instead, He graciously gives us a choice and then patiently waits to see what we will decide.
God did not create us to be robots. He gave us freedom to choose and with that freedom, comes freedom to fail. But don’t be discouraged, even in failure we have the opportunity to learn, grow, and draw close to Him.
Instead of being upset with Him, because life is not going as you hoped, why not marvel in the fact that God can use any circumstance or situation to draw us closer to Him.
Freedom of choice allows us the opportunity to decide for ourselves if we want to follow God. However, this freedom does not exempt us from the consequences of turning our backs on Him. Newton’s third law of motion states, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Likewise in our lives every decision we make provokes a reaction called consequence.
The Bible is clear that Jesus is the only way to heaven and eternal life. In the book of John, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 In the book of Acts, it is said of Jesus. “…there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
Don’t be mistaken, salvation comes through Jesus Chris alone. If in fact this is true, freedom of choice should not be taken light.
Remember, Just because you choose not to believe something does not mean that it is not true! The Bible sums it up like this. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8
Taking this into consideration, perhaps you should give Christ a chance. He will not make you accept him. But He will make himself known, if you truly seek Him. (Matthew 7:7-8)
In this life, God has given us an amazing gift, the gift of choice. He does not demand worship, but instead gives humanity the option to decide for themselves if they want to follow Him.
According to Merriam-Webster to choose means to select freely and after consideration. A choice is voluntary, not forced upon us, but instead the ability to make a decision according to our own liking.
God has placed within man the ability to voluntary and spontaneously worship Him. He has also given us the option to choose not to worship Him. God does not demand that we choose good over evil or even something productive over something destructive. God has given us the option to decide for ourselves. During creation God could have very easily pre-programmed humanity to worship Him. But what value is there in receiving worship from someone who has no other choice? Forced worship is not very meaningful.
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” – Joshua 24:15
Have you ever asked God, “Why?”, I know I sure have. We all go through experiences that we don’t understand: sickness, the loss of a child, job, home or friendship. Things in life don’t always go as we hope or plan. In those moments sometimes we ask, “Why?” Some people say it is wrong to ask God “Why?”, but I disagree!
When we ask, “Why?”, some fragment of our being believes that God exists, that He listens, that He cares. Asking why and genuinely seeking The Lord through prayer and reading His Word can lead to depth of understanding. Asking why can lead to growth, healing, and maturity.
God never promised us that our lives would be free from trouble. In fact, quite the opposite. He said “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Yet in our difficulties He promised to be with us. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
The Bible encourages us to ask. In Matthew it says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8 Again James tells us to ask God when we lack wisdom. (James 1:5) Take heart and be encouraged as you walk through the season of asking “Why?”, knowing that when you ask and sincerely listen, Jesus will surely answer you.