As I read @YouVersion Plan “The Lies We Believe About God.” Several things stood out… Check it out here (also I’ll put a link at end for the whole plan).
First The Bible verses:
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord , choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord .”
Joshua 24:15 ESV
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 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 2:16-17 ESV
Then the devoted thoughts:
God Gives Us Free Will
God gives us the freedom to make choices.
In giving us that freedom, He is not going to keep us from using it however we want to.
He will never force us against our wills to go in the directions He wants us to go.
God gave us the freedom to choose between right and wrong, and if this world seems deeply troubled, it’s because we humans keep making bad choices.
Joni Eareckson Tada’s book The God I Love contains the insight that sometimes God allows what He hates to accomplish what He loves.
Throughout the Bible, it is clear that people have choice:
– If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. (Josh. 24:15)
– Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (Prov. 8:10-11)
– Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. (John 7:17)
Giving us free will was risky on God’s part because we have a tendency to misuse it.
People have made such horrible moral choices that there was a time in human history when God was sorry He made us.
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled” (Gen. 6:5-6).
That’s how big a risk God took in giving us free will: that we would so grossly misuse it that He would regret having put us here.
God can’t be any clearer that He created us with free will and that we can use it however we want, even to our own demise.
One of author Jim Butcher’s stories contains this insight:
“God isn’t about making good things happen to you, or bad things happen to you. He’s all about you making choices—exercising the gift of free will.”
Understanding these six aspects of God’s sovereignty can help calm our fears, anxieties, and worries about life on this planet, especially when evil seems to be triumphing over good and we suffer in ways that are undeserved.
Personal note – Here are a few verses I keep in mind also:
1 Corinthians 6:12 MSG – Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.
1 Corinthians 6:12 MSG
Also: 1 Corinthians 10:23 NLT- You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.
1 Corinthians 10:23 NLT
And: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NIV – So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NIV
And: 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10 AMP –but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough–always available–regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].
2 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10 AMP
For the @YouVersion Plan “The Lies We Believe About God.” Go to: http://bible.com/r/12S. It real helps clarify who God really is and reveals His true attributes according to His onw word.
For another post I did on this subject (which also features a song by RUSH) go to: A Bigger Moving Picture- Freewill