What Will You Choose?
You know the story. God made man in His own image. Then said to him, “Adam, of all the trees in the Garden you may eat, except of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The day you eat of it you will surely die.” This was no threat. Just a warning. An act of love. Similar to when a wise and loving mother says to her grown son,
“Stay away from that girl. She’s no good.”
He did not listen. He ate any way. He chose separation over union. Independence over dependence. And just as God warned, he died. Spiritually. Then physically.
Choices have consequences. Disease, death, darkness. Sin, suffering, Satan. These are the results of Adam’s choice. And ours. Not God’s!
But couldn’t God have made Adam do right? Yes. Should God have done so? No. Why? Simple. A human being with choice, even if he does wrong, is superior to a robot with no choice, even if he does right.
God chose to make man in His own image. He did not make a robot. He was too loving to do so. God is free. Man is free.
Man chose wrongly. Man fell profoundly. God chose again.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16, 17 NKJV)
He sent His Son to save the world. To restore what was lost. To regenerate what had died. To reclaim what was forfeited. To do so on behalf of man, who will always be, the apple of his eyes, the subject of His love, the object of His choosing.
Child of God, the Father loves you, and for that reason, He continually chooses to be good to you. That is amazing. But just like He did not force Adam, He will not force you to receive His love. Yet, He yearns for you to choose it for yourself, daily. He wants to pour it out upon you in great abundance.
You are not a robot. You are free to receive God’s love in Christ. Please do.