Proverbs 21 7-21-22

It’s my life and I can choose to live it any way I want. I choose to live it as Christ Jesus leads me. He is life!

1 A king’s heart is channeled water in the hand of the Lord;
    God directs it where he pleases.

The concept of human free will is mind-boggling. How does God guide history and not disregard man’s free will? Well, it helps to know the end at the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), which is a God-trait. I know that He uses angels to intervene, protect, and deliver messages to His children (Hebrews 1:14). Why doesn’t God simply control mankind? Because without free will, mankind would be like the animals of God’s creation. The “divine spark” in each of us is our ability to choose.

Jesus gave everyone a choice concerning Him. Here are three notable ones:

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Luke 57-62

Notice that each person was treated individually and each was left to make his own decision about following Jesus. The same choice was given to the rich, young ruler in Mark 10:17-22, and the disciples when Jesus called them (Luke 5:1-11, John 1:43-51). Even the book of Revelation ends with an invitation for all to join Jesus,

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:17

“The one” means, “whoever,” as is used in John 7:37-38. The choice is there for all to make. Jesus desires to include us in His plan to reach the nations; at the same time, He makes up for any deficiencies we have in our ability to present the Gospel. All that being said, it still all boils down to the individual decision of the prospective follower. We must allow them to respond to the Spirit’s call. Without them coming to know Jesus, they miss the entire point. What IS the point? We will discuss that tomorrow.

Abba, thank You for allowing me free will, but I thank You even more for saving me from myself. If/when I have a question about anything, I can turn to You and receive Your opinion. I trust Your opinion. Your insight is always trustworthy. May my life be a reflection of Your trustworthiness. Amen.

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