Recently, I have found myself contemplating freewill more and more. Being given a choice and not being forced to comply to someone else’s wishes is a reality that has always mattered deeply to me.
I have always been a “why?” person. As in, the kind of person who is like, don’t just tell me what to do. Give me the reasons, then back off, and let me decide the issue for myself. Because once I make a decision myself, it is no longer someone else’s wishes forced upon me but rather a decision and desire that I have taken on and personally accepted.
If there is no choice, then there is never true acceptance. True acceptance is what builds relationship; whereas force creates resentment and slavery.
The true test of relationship and desire is not what is imposed upon a person but rather what is freely chosen by them.
One of the things that I love most about God is that He does not force us to love and obey Him, rather He allows us to choose Him and His ways. I think this is an amazing gift, because in my opinion the second that force/pressure/manipulation is applied to a relationship it taints those interactions and takes away the person’s ability to simply respond out of love.
A real relationship isn’t forced. Freedom is about being allowed to choose, and true love is about giving and being given the chance to accept or reject what is being offered.
Despite the fact that God is the most powerful being in existence, our Creator, and the One to whom we belong, He does not use His power to force us to love and obey Him.
When a parent trains a child, there is a short period where they have the ability to force their child to comply to their will, and at times that’s for the child’s benefit, but ultimately most children will reach a point where they exceed their parents’ ability to control them. God’s ability to control us, however, is never exceeded by us. God has always had, currently has, and always will have the ability to force us to do as He wishes, but He doesn’t use His power to force us. Rather God sent His Son “to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
We are not “lost” because God misplaced us.
We are lost because we used the freedom of choice that God gave us to make the decision to rejected Him and His way in favor of ourselves and our own way.
We are sought and saved because God, by sending His Son to die for us, mercifully and lovingly also gives us the freedom to choose to be freed from the consequences of our own way.
“. . . He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” ~Isaiah 53:5-6~
“. . . He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” ~Isa 53:12~
“. . . He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” ~Hebrews 7:25~
Challenge: What is something that you love about God?