As people we have this tendency to question God. And as I have discovered in a number of recent conversations one of the big questions is:
Why God have you made us with the capacity to choose - to choose bad as well as good, to choose to follow you and your purposes or to reject you and turn away from you? Why didn’t you just make us incapable of choosing the bad and so obviate the evil we see in our world?
Yet without the capacity to choose I lose the very essence of what it means to be human. To have the capacity to choose to love implies the capacity to also choose not to. To remove free-will makes me something different - not human - not created in the very image of God himself. Yet God does not abandon us to our own devices or to do things in our own strength. We rely on Him to empower us to choose the good and the right. He is not removed from our lives or experience but walks with us if we invite Him in.
Jesus himself promises:
‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with them, and they with me’
And as he ponders the wonder of God’s goodness and love the Psalmist declares:
‘I praise you Lord because I am fearfully and wonderfully made’
Just as you have ordained it to be.