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 has God made us with the capacity to choose – to choose bad as well as good, to choose to follow Him and His purposes or to reject Him and turn away from Him? Why didn’t He 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’
Just as He has ordained it to be.