God or freedom. This is a statement that I have heard before, although I can’t remember exactly when. When we talk about God and our freedom, doesn’t that relate to free will? Now if there is no freedom in choosing, why should we include the word “free” in free will? It’s called free will because it’s true that we have the freedom to decide.
Free will and God’s sovereignty can go in a lot of different arguments. One article is not enough to clearly explain it. There are really things that are of God and will be hard to understand. But I just want to share one thing that I have realized in the process of thinking about free will and God’s sovereignty.
Let’s establish one thing first: we have free will. There is the free will of man. I have always believed that God has never forced us to love him. It has always been our choice to love him back. Because despite us not responding to his love, there is one truth in the Bible.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Our response was never dependent on whether He will still love us. It was just our choice whether we will love him back. The choice was always ours. And that is the beauty behind this, in our decisions and free will, he just wants to partner with us. He loves us, and now it is up to us if we will respond. We have the capacity to make decisions and He just wants us to decide on our own based on how we know him. Because that is what being in a relationship is about. That is what makes living with Him, by our side, wonderful. We are not robots without any capability to think and decide on our own. We were created to have a relationship with Him, to experience Him. I still believe though that if God wanted something to happen, He can make it happen. With his unlimited power and strength if He willed something – it will come to pass even though in our decisions we didn’t want it to happen. But mostly in our daily decisions in life, He just wants to guide us to make the right decisions and have the free will to decide based on how we know Him.
When I wrote the article about Moses and God’s response to him before they crossed the Red Sea, he had the same situation. Moses had the liberty to decide on their course of action, and God was there to just partner with him on his decision. Let’s take marriage as another example. When looking for a partner, God has clearly stated in the Bible how He wants us to decide. You should be yoked with someone who loves God the way you do and if you are a man, you should look for a wife with the standards set in Proverbs 31. The “one” that is meant for you is still dependent on your decision, but let your decision be firmly guided on God’s word so it will be the best for you.
I’m not here to argue about free will and God’s sovereignty. If you want to share anything about this topic, feel free to leave a comment below. I just want to point out how much God wants to be involved in our lives. He wants to, in the plainest sense, have a relationship with us. And when you begin to realize that this amazing God longs to guide you and have a relationship with you, you respond like the psalmist.
O Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
Or the son of man, that You think of him? Psalm 144:3