It’s your choice

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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

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  1. Since it’s a ‘speak your mind part’, I had to comment when I read this part:

    “and God was there to just partner with him on his decision.”

    Everything from beginning to end, to every single mote of dust flying around has been foreordained by God especially a miracle like the crossing of the red sea. Man’s has free will but man’s free will or volition is limited by God’s sovereign will because God’s plan cannot be frustrated. If a part of God’s will can be frustrated to even the smallest detail, then God is not sovereign, if God is not sovereign then God is not God.

    God was not there just to partner, It was all planned from the beginning. All things have been foreordained, Salvation has been planned to every single soul without God considering who we are, what we will ever plan to do or what we can do. Great and humbling doctrine.

    You should read on the articles of Augustine or Martin Luther’s “Bondage of the Will” (which was a response to a (Roman) heretical book by Erasmus called ‘The freedom of the will’) and maybe even ‘The Institutes of the Christian Religion’ by John Calvin. If you want something ‘contemporary’ I suggest RC Sproul’s ‘Chosen by God’ or Richard Phillip’s ‘Whats’s so Great about the Doctrines of Grace’. Just suggested readings ^_^

    Blessings bro :)

    “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’” -Isaiah 46 :9-10

    • Thanks for speaking your mind Les! You have always been passionate about how the word of God should be handled. Indeed, everything from beginning to end is under his control that’s why He is sovereign. Nothing was allowed without passing through Him. I know our God is so great that whatever He willed to happen, will happen – even if man wills something different to happen. How can man ever compare to God. God has planned everything long ago because I know He knows everything. So whatever decisions we will be making he already knows all the possible outcomes of it. I see it like a web, all possible directions and outcomes have already been well accounted for. But within that web, what God wants to do will be done no matter what other decisions or outcomes happen with man’s decisions. It’s overwhelming if we would really try to understand it with our limited minds. That’s why this topic bring us back to reality – that again, I am a man – incapable of understanding everything. I’ll try to read your suggested readings. I really want to further my knowledge on this topic despite knowing it will only be limited by my own understanding. Thanks brother. God bless!

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