It's Your Choice
By Mark A. Finley
The ability to choose is hardwired into our brains and is one of the most powerful gifts our loving Creator has given us. God was willing to give His creatures the power of choice, even though He knew they would at times make poor, destructive choices. But for God to deny us the ability to choose because we would not exercise it properly would make us mechanical robots, less than human. Choice is the essence of what it means to be created in God’s image. A great deal of our happiness in this life, and in the life to come, depends on the choices we make. This month we will study this amazing gift of choice.
1Read Genesis 1:26; 2:16, 17; 3:1-5. How does the Genesis account of Creation reveal a loving Creator who from the beginning gave Adam and Eve the ability to choose?
The consequence of our first parents’ poor choices was devastating. It affected not only their immediate future, but also the future of the entire human race. Our choices also have eternal consequences.
2Read Deuteronomy 6:18, 23, 24; 12:28; 28:1-13. What promises did God make to His people in the Old Testament if they would choose the way of obedience? What are the results of obeying the laws of God and following the principles of His kingdom?
3Read Deuteronomy 30:19, 20. What heartfelt appeal did God make to Israel?
Although we are subject to hereditary and environmental factors beyond our control, choosing to follow God’s eternal, life-giving principles bring abundant blessings to our lives.
4Read the following appeals of Moses (Ex. 32:26), Joshua (Joshua 24:15), and Elijah (1 Kings 18:21). What do these appeals have in common? What do they tell us about the importance of right choices?
Biblical prophets regularly confronted apostasy with strong appeals for God’s people to renounce their sinful behavior and return to God. Change is based upon choice. If we desire to make positive changes in our lives, we have to make positive choices.
5Read John 7:17; 9:35-41. What do these statements of Jesus reveal about the importance of making right choices?
Understanding the plan of salvation is not merely a matter of the mind; it is also a matter of “choosing” to do God’s will. When we choose to do whatever God asks, and commit to pleasing Him in all things, the light of His truth dispels the darkness and blesses our lives.
6Read Romans 12:1, 2 and Philippians 2:5. How do the apostle Paul’s appeals to the believers in Rome and Philippi emphasize the importance of making positive choices? Whom should we live to please?
7 The Bible’s first book, Genesis, begins with Adam and Eve making a tragically poor choice. How does the Bible’s last book, Revelation, make a final appeal to each one of us to make positive choices?
Throughout Scripture God appeals to His people to make positive choices. He convicts them by His Spirit and instructs them through His Word (John 16:7-13; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17). Although He longs for us to live life abundantly, He will never force our choices; He will never coerce our will. He allows us to freely choose, and reap, the amazing benefits of making those positive choices.