What our heart chooses, our feet follow
By Teresa LeNeave
Freedom of choice. Do you have a choice or do you have to accept life as it's been dealt to you?
Scripture says, "Choose today who you will serve." Joshua went on to say, "As for me and my house, we'll serve The Lord" (Josh. 24:15). That sounds like a choice. Scripture also says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Prov. 18:21). "Choose life that you and your children might live" (Deut. 30:19-20). That sounds like a choice.
Do you realize even angels had a choice? When Lucifer, (Satan) started a revolution against God in heaven he "chose" to rebel. He chose rebellion over love and honor. That was a choice he made and, strangely enough, he talked one-third of all the other angels into following him. If they did not have freedom of choice, the rebellion would have been impossible. Satan chose open rebellion. His rebellion is proof that he had a choice.
We know nothing is hidden from God, so God had to be aware of Lucifer's conspiracy. Why didn't he stop the conspiracy? Why didn't he zap Lucifer with lightening, or confusion, so he couldn't rebel? All we can say is that it's because that isn't God's way of handling things.
God wants followers who love him, by choice, not by force. He doesn't force us to love him. He wants true worship from a true heart of love. Freedom of choice is one of our greatest gifts. The Bible says God causes it to rain on the just and the unjust, but he has promised tremendous blessings to a thousand generations to those who love him, and keep his Word. Everybody benefits from God's short-term blessings, but for those who love him ... we are promised blessing after blessing, generation after generation.
Real love can't be forced. Real love is voluntarily given, and that's the kind of love God desires. He desires your voluntary love because that is genuine love. The only way to get our genuine love was to offer us freedom of choice.
You can't force someone to be kind. You can't force them to have mercy or compassion. You can't force love. And, even if you could, who would want it if it wasn't real? God, in his infinite wisdom, offered man a choice and he dangled a carrot (many blessings) if we chose him. If you haven't already accepted Christ as your Savior, will you consider doing so today? He has a plan. Will you walk in it?
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