See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws…. –Deuteronomy 30:15-16 NIV
Free Will Isn’t Free
Author John Bevere said that we may not be able to shorten the time we spend in the wilderness, but we sure can lengthen it. How? By being stubborn or disobedient, by ignoring the promptings of the Holy Spirit, or by refusing to allow God’s will to take precedence over our own.
It’s no fun wandering in the wilderness, and God certainly doesn’t want you to stay there long. Often it’s an act of surrender that proves to be the way out, but surrender is a choice. Digging in your heels is a choice too. You’re certainly exercising free will, but at what cost?
One of Bayside Community Church’s pastors, Pastor Burnard Scott, has said this many times: “God is a perfect gentleman.” With supreme restraint, He allows us to wield free will—the greatest blessing and curse of our lives. God can command us to love Him, but He can’t force us. It’s His only limitation; because by forcing us, it would negate His character.
Anytime you’re faced with a choice between God’s will and your own, choose His. You literally can’t go wrong when you surrender and do the right thing, the hard thing, the thing you’d really rather not do. His way is rarely the easy way, but it’s always the right way.
Choose God’s will every day, every battle, every time.
Remember that surrender is also an act of free will.