Ability and power to choose is one of the attributes of God that is given to us since he created us in his image. We make decisions daily life is full of decision making and thus we out to shape our morals and our understanding of God in order for us to make good choices. Since sin, choice making became bias towards sinfulness. Making wrong choices became easier and almost spontaneous. The first time you do something wrong it takes a lot of mental strength to commit or decide but subsequent decisions on the same act becomes easier till it becomes a habit. Joshua told Israelites to choose between true God and the gods in chapter 24:15 [KJV]) “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Although we make wrong choices, God does not interfere with our choice making except when surrendered to Him and even then we still make the choice but under his influence. When not submitted to his will our choices are at a battle ground where the devil would also want to influence our decisions in his favor.
“God has given us the power of choice; it is ours to exercise.. But we can choose to serve God, we can give Him our will; then He will work in us to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus our whole nature will be brought under the control of Christ. The tempter can never compel us to do evil. He cannot control minds unless they are yielded to his control. -Character and Personality, Vol.2 p.420
What is important to note is that once we have made a decision we have to accept the outcome of such decision and live with consequences of such be it good or bad. One such example is when Adam and Eve chose to sin; they in essence accepted to live with its outcome and generations later still reaping the consequences of that decision. That is why it is necessary for us to condition our minds and bodies to be making good choices all the time. That is why we need to choose from the onset the right master who can influence our decisions making rightly that way we shall be safe from regrets and actually destruction which is the ultimate consequence of bad choice.
Choosing God is right choosing devil is wrong. Begin with that right choice and it will set a right precedence of good choice making for your entire life. “The youth must, each for himself, make the choice that shapes his life; and no pains should be spared that he may understand the forces with which he has to deal and the influences which mold character and destiny.” -Character and Personality, Vol.1, p.77
– By A. Eliamani