A Choice in the Matter

The Bible is filled with examples of both God’s holy wrath, as well as His sufficient grace. It is known that the world is filled with temptations and evil. In spite of this, there is a path that leads to a better life. The Bible makes it fairly clear that we have a choice to make, and though the bible verses about choices are vast, the ones below are prime examples of the nature of God and how our free will plays a role in our relationship with Him.

Proverbs 16:9 states, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” We are given the tools and the capability to choose what we do with our lives, but often times we may not know the right way to go about it. God assures us that He will guide our steps if our desired goals are aligned with His word.

We have the option to choose between blessing and cursing according to Deuteronomy 30:19, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Free will is a large part of having a relationship with a living God. It’s a daily choice to put that relationship first. Joshua 24:15 says: “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Though many temptations exist in our lives, God promises in his word that we will be able to overcome them. Being a good person and doing the right thing will not keep a man free from trials and temptations. Look at Jesus, who was without sin. He suffered the most, but His continuous communion with the Father kept him upright. 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

This last scripture expresses that we are free to do what is lawful, but must be careful that it is also beneficial, both to our spiritual lives and to others. 1 Corinthians 10:23: “I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive.” Throughout the scriptures, we see the choices made by men of God who (in hindsight) discovered that those choices came with consequences. There are roads that only lead to destruction and roads that will lead us to salvation and fulfillment in our lives. It’s up to us to choose which road to take.