You Have Received The Gift of Free Will
Have you ever stopped to think that when God created mankind with free will that it is actually a gift? It is. However, it is up to each of us what we do with the gift that we have been given.
Some of you may be able to better distinguish the choices of right and wrong. In fact, it may look seamlessly easy for you. However, there are those of us who struggle with this. And struggle big time for sure.
Perhaps you don’t feel like it is a gift. Rather you feel like you have to forcefully take it. You’re determined to make your own decisions and choices, come hell or high water, or both. You call yourself a “rebel”.
God Is A Gracious Loving Father
But, as your loving Heavenly Father, God allows you to choose all kinds of things in and about your own life. Even the circumstances that can have eternal effects on your after life.
Why does He do this?
Because He loves you.
You see, out of all of the many creatures that He has created, He gave you the choice to love Him. Yes, you can willingly and freely choose to love Him.
Other created animals and such are commanded to love God because He is the “I Am”.
But you—you are so special to Him. He wanted it to be different for you. God wants a relationship with you. He wants to be there for you at all times. To walk with you, to hold you, to care for you, to never leave nor forsake you.
In fact, He loves you so much, that He will allow you to walk away from Him if that is your desire.
Remember that saying, “If you love someone, let them go. And if they love you, they will return.”
Who created that? God! And He is willing to let every one of us go, in order for us to return to Him because we want to!
How Else Can We Learn?
We can sit and be good and learn by strict in taking of someone else’s direction and instruction. Always being the good student and just doing and saying what the teacher wants. We can learn by rote and memorizing and because we are commanded to.
However, is it real to you? Or just a programmed response? In a situation like this are you more of a robot than a living, breathing, thinking, decision making person?
Think about it!
What are some of the most important things you have ever learned in life? Did some of those things become “learned” because you made a choice and learned the principles of cause and effect? Yes, the learning that “if” you do this, then “that” will happen.
Like sticking your hand too close to a hot stove. Once you have done that, you remember in the future, that it hurts.
Sure, your parents may tell you, “Don’t do that, you will burn yourself.” But sometimes you don’t believe them—so what do you do? Touch the hot stove.
Guess what! Your parents were right! The stove was hot and you burned yourself.
Will you remember in the future? Sure thing!
You made a choice.
- Test the limits of the commandment from your parents,
- or to blindly obey.
However, because of the particular choice you made, even though you got hurt—you learned something. That your parents were right and could be trusted when they were warning you of a danger.
Which Do You Do?
Do you tend to test the limits of structure and rules around you? Or do you just blindly obey?
There are times, when certainly it is best to – just obey. But obeying comes from developing a great underlying trust with the person giving the orders. How do we know that the orders being given are truly for our best interest?
Many times in day to day life it is hard to distinguish whether someone else has your best interest at heart.
But God always has your best interest at heart. However, because He created you, He also understands your distrust.
How can you be sure that God wants the best for you? Just because the Bible tells you so?
Well, yes! However, sometimes you have to learn the cause and effect relationship of God and you for yourself.
Our Daughter’s Words Of Encouragement
Barry and I have had our challenges with raising our children. All 3 of them turned out to be “rebels”. (Psst, Barry and I both were “rebels” in our youth too)
Let me assure you that as a parent the desire is huge to run in and protect your children. To guide them every step, every decision. But the day comes, when as a parent you have to stand back and let them learn from their own choices. The parent gives the “gift of free will” to the children. Especially during the teenage years, this can be especially challenging.
The parent knows and sees the dangerous consequences from certain choices but must let the child do the choosing.
Our daughter ran away from home at the age of 15. By 17 she had her first child.
About 10 years later, she surprised both Barry and I.
She said that she had appreciated, that although it must have been hard for us, that we had allowed her and her brothers to make their own choices and decisions. Admittedly, she did confess that many of those choices she had made were not good ones, but the lessons she learned as a result were invaluable to her.
This candid confession of hers was not coaxed by us in any way. She just one day came out with it.
It was a proud moment to realize that although as a parent, it had been extremely difficult and even heartbreaking—it was the right thing to do. To give our children the gift of free will.
Is This How God Feels Too?
Perhaps. Although it breaks His Heart to let you go and make your own decisions, He never strays from your side. You may leave Him, but He never is far from you.
He gave you the gift of free will and He set you free to with your will as you please. Now when will you see how much He loves you and return to Him?
Have you “burned” yourself enough yet? When will you realize that God does have your best interests at heart. And that He just wants to have a relationship with you, not just for now, but for all eternity. He can be trusted!
What will you do with the gift you have received? The gift of free will.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11 KJV
Another gift that God may be giving you is the Gift of Longsuffering. Wait! Can I exchange that? Read more about it here.