The Value Of Free Will Is Choosing To Do The Right Thing.

Reading a passage in Jeremiah this morning, I was reminded that God gives us freewill and that the onus is on us to choose to do the right thing.

Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. – Jeremiah 23:28

We might cite this as an example of freedom of speech under the LORD’s authority. Because God is willing to permit anyone to say anything, it behooves believers who have been given his word to speak it faithfully.

The fact that our free will is recognized in Scripture is evident. In addressing the consequences of the blessings and curses of God, Deuteronomy 30:19 makes it clear: we have the freedom to choose life. Joshua 24:15 speaks of choosing whom we shall serve. John 7:17 mentions a person’s will to do God’s will. In fact that is what obedience to God is all about: freely choosing to do God’s will. It doesn’t mean God forces you into submission to religious laws.

God does not force obedience on anyone. But no one can exercise freedom without assuming responsibility for their choices. For every choice we make, according to the exercise of our free will, there are predictable consequences – predictable because God has created an ordered, balanced universe. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Reality is not arbitrary, but rational and characterized by cause and effect.

So, those who choose to rebel against God will accordingly pay the consequences for what they have done.

There are two seductive arguments against this statement. First, as recorded in Genesis 3, Satan was able to entice Adam and Eve to sin (rebel against the authority of God) by using doubt (skepticism). He asked rhetorically whether or not God really commanded them not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And once doubt had been introduced into their thinking, Satan appealed to their human pride, suggesting that God had ulterior motives to telling them not to eat from that particular tree. And this argument continues to be used today.

Secondly, is the foolish denial that God is real, relegating God to a position of merely being a product of Man’s creative imagination. There is no exuse for this argument because what can be known about God has been made abundantly clear from the beginning (Romans 1:20). Those who use this argument willfully cover their eyes and only see what they want to see. They particularly refuse to regard holy Scripture, the God-breathed word that reveals himself to all who are open to receive it.

Since doubt and pride are very real things that we human beings experience, it is understandable that those states of mind might lead a person to sin (again, keeping it clear, sin is rebelling against God). But to insist that God is not real, in order to rationalize not recognizing his authority over you, requires a significant presupposition of the will in which the individual assumes god-like authority over his own life.

Once this presupposition is made, the individual has no cause to examine the evidence. Such a person makes himself out to be a god whose mind is made up. And that’s all that matters.

The error of this kind of thinking is that those who are enticed by it will suddenly, in the end, be confronted with the reality that God has authority over them, regardless of their denials. God doesn’t need their permission. He is the One – the only One – who is in authority.

That is what the Bible says. Jeremiah’s prophecy said, “…let him who has my word speak my word faithfully,” which I have tried to do here. The reader has the freedom to accept it or reject it, but there will come a time when we all “reap what we sow” (that means deal with the consequences of our own actions). Galatians 6:7 instructs, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”

God gives us freedom. But don’t think your freedom means you are not responsible for your choices. Consequences will come. They are inevitable, unavoidable. For the sake of your own eternal destination, pay attention to God’s revelations. Don’t ignore them. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” – John 14:6.

Choose life. Serve the LORD. Do God’s will. Receive Christ.

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About retiredday

I am Michael D. Day, a regular, everyday guy -- retired. I stand for God-given freedom, which means I think for myself. I believe in being civil, because the Bible teaches that we should love our enemies. But I also believe in saying it how I see it, and explaining just why I see it that way, sort of like 2 Timothy 4:2.
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3 Responses to The Value Of Free Will Is Choosing To Do The Right Thing.

  1. Intrigued by your tag line. I am not an American so I may be getting g your perspective entirely wrong, so please correct me. It is my interpretation of history that spiritual freedom is gives birth to political freedom. Allow me to explain. When the Papacy dominated the world in The Middle Ages political freedom were non existent. As the light of the gospel began to shine with the advent of the Reformation, however, religious liberty, parliamentary governance, which eventually led to democracy, began to slowly evolve. In England the struggle for political freedom was led by the Puritan movement, representatives of whom boarded The Mayflower to establish a Cony in The New World. The Gospel teaches grace and respect, and being spiritually uncompromising, it acknowledges that hearts cannot be changed by outward and legalistic reform. Therefore grace respects others while praying for a radical heart change. How we should prize the spiritual freedoms which grace has given us because the Gospel is the true force which has changed the world for good.

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    • retiredday says:

      In my blog I write primarily on two subjects, politics and religion (although from time to time I write on other matters). My tag line merely sums up my perspective that political freedom is a product of (and therefore less than) spiritual freedom. Monarchies were the primary form of national governments when the Bible was written. America’s government was formed as a republic, in rebellion against the monarchy of Britain’s King George III. Our Declaration of Independence (from that monarchy) states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In my opinion, that means God creates us to be free — both spiritually and politically. Thus, my blog is “For Freedom”.

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