Freedom To Choose:
Can you imagine what life would be like if we didn’t have freedom to make our own choices? I think we all would be like walking robots, all programmed to do what God wanted us to do. God is so loving and so kind that He created us and gave us the freedom to choose what path we would lie to journey on. Many of us make bad choices, but we also have to take responsibility for those choices and not blame God for them.
Making Wrong Choices:
I cannot condemn anyone for the choices they make, for I know at some point in each and every one of our lives we will make bad choices. How do I know this? Because we are all imperfect and if and when we are not walking with God, it is much easier to give in to temptations.
Lately in the news, there has been much talk about drinking and driving, and how it still is a real problem. Just recently we had 2 incidents where one driver was found at a drive-through restaurant asleep at the window where he was suppose to be picking up his food.The police came, and even then they had a very hard time to wake him up. In another incident, the drive was at a light waiting to make a left-hand turn when he fell asleep behind the wheel.
We recently had a very tragic incident in the news where a couple lost 3 kids and the grandparents to a drunken driver. This young family has had their life ruined forever, and the drunk driver’s life was also ruined, by making the choice to drink and drive. Instead of planning for his wedding, he was locked up in jail.
Even with all that has happened with drinking and dangerous driving, there is still some talk of making it more accessible to consume alcohol in public areas. I don’t think it is a good idea, but then it will be up to the participants to use their freedom to choose correctly.
Bible Characters And Bad Choices:
As Solomon states in Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun, and right from the start we were making bad choices. We all know what happened with Adam and Eve, and we are still paying the price right now, for the wrong choices. One of the worst decisions I think, was also when David deceived Uriah, sending him off to the front lines of a war knowing more than likely that he would be killed, and after that was done, David would take Uriah’s wife for himself. What a horrible thing to do. Even though he freely chose to do this horrible thing, now he had to live with the consequences and the regret that came with his choice. Yet the Bible tells us that David is a man after God’s own heart. This incident also shows us the character of God. When it was brought to David’s attention the wrong that he committed, he repented and asked God for forgiveness, and God wholeheartedly forgave him.
God, the giver of free will is such a loving and kind God. Even though we mess up terribly, and find it very difficult to forgive one another in many situations, God is always waiting with open arms to forgive us, once we realize that we have done something terrible, and even though we can’t change things, we would like to now turn and walk on the path of righteousness, where God wanted us to be walking in the first place. God will never turn us away, and that is one thing that we can be sure of. It doesn’t matter what you have done, it doesn’t matter what AI have done, God will never turn us away. Our peers may remember us in an unflattering light, but thank God for His love. He is a good God. He is a kind God and He is our most loving Savior.
Adam and Eve paid a costly price for not following the instructions that were set out for them by God. They were told not to eat of the tree of good and evil, and that’s exactly what they did.
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17
Instead of eternal life, they would now eventually have to face death and now they also had to leave the garden of Eden. Even in taking Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, god was still showing His love for them, because if He had left them there, they could have then eaten from the tree of life creating an even greater problem. There would be no death, and we would have to live in pain and suffer forever and ever. Thank God that he took them out of the garden, so that we don’t have to live in pain suffering forever and ever. Their freedom of choice came at a very high price.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
We usually say that Salvation is free to all, and while it is free in that we don’t have to pay any monitory funds, it came at a very high price for our Savior. He was spat on, He was betrayed by a friend, He was mocked, He was lied about and He had nails pinning Him to the crossed. Again I praise my heavenly Father for sending Jesus Christ to this earth to pay the ultimate price for our sins. Our freedom came at a very high price, it cost Jesus His life, but thank god we know that is not the end of the story. By His dying on the cross and rising again, it gives us all a bran new start, a new start to live life eternally, free now to make all the right choices, with sin and pain gone forever more.