The power of choice is the ability God gave to man which enables him to choose whatever he wants among many alternatives. God created the first man and woman with the power to decide their actions.
He created them in such a way that they can have control over everything He has created on earth, just as He Himself controls the heavens. He created them in a way that they can decide whether they will do something or not.
The Power of choice in Genesis
When God created all animals in Genesis, He brought them all to Adam that he might name them according to his own choice.
When God wanted to give Adam a helpmeet, He did not force anything on him. He rather waits patiently until Adam says with his mouth: ‘yes! This particular one is the bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh’.
God had brought many animals to him for naming. Adam could have looked at the chimpanzee and say, at least this one looks somehow like me, it’s good for me’, and in which case God might not have needed to make anything out of Adam’s rib again.
It was only because Adam could not find a help meet for himself among the animals that God now took the step of making a woman out of the man.
Now finally, the same way God brought animals to Adam, He brought the woman also to Adam form naming.
The only difference between then and now was that when Adam saw the woman, he knew that this is not just an animal but someone of his kind, and he calls her woman and named her Eve.
It was Adam’s decision to take Eve as a wife.
In all of these, God was working based on Adam’s choice. Even when God told Adam never to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Adam still had to decide either to obey or disobey the instruction.
When the serpent came to tempt Eve in Genesis 3, they have the choices either to listen and obey that strange voice and rebel against God or reject the devil’s advice and live forever. But it’s a pity; they decided to go by the way of death at the expense of life. It was their choice back then that brings death to the whole race of mankind.
God didn’t create robots
God did not create us like robots which are controlled by buttons or some sort of programming languages. He created us as humans who can think and decide where to go, what to do, etc. and we are completely responsible for our choices.
Truly, God is omnipotent and omniscient. He’s everywhere every time and sees everything at the same time. Many of us may be tempted to say if God had seen Eve when the serpent was tempting her to eat the forbidden fruit; and if He had seen Adam when his wife was teaching him the ‘goodness’ of the forbidden fruit, then God should have called them to order and take away the fruit from them.
We may be thinking that when Eve was giving the fruit to Adam God will be running toward them from behind, shouting at the top of His voice saying, “…Adam, Adam… stop! Don’t eat that fruit! If you eat it, I will kill you’. And if Adam refuses to listen, then God will quickly grab Adam’s hand and say, “No, you will not eat this fruit. I already told you not to eat this fruit but you want to disobey. What is wrong with you? How Stubborn you are! Give it to me now before I count three’’.
But the truth is that God will not do that because He respects our power of choices.
Listen to me, God will not force you to live for Him. He will not make you fruitful or make you grow in the spirit by force. God will not force you to go to church or make you read your Bible by force. You have to decide for yourself what you want to do with your life.
You can only come willingly to the throne of grace. God will not force you to turn away from sin; it will always be your decision.
See Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NIV
19. This day I call heaven and 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
20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life.
Choose this day life. Make a choice today. The choice you make today will determine how your life will look like tomorrow.
The power of choice wrongly used
The choice of Samson landed him on the laps of the uncircumcised strange woman and that eventually had his eyes plucked out of their sockets. The great man of God became an entertainer for the ungodly because of his choice.
The choice of David brought him sorrow and regrets. Immediately he saw Bathsheba in her bathroom he should have gone back to his palace and get himself occupied with God’s word but he chose to focus his attention on the innocent nudity of another man’s wife. The consequence of his sin was ridiculously overwhelming.
The desperate choice of Judas landed him in the grave. He was an apostle of Jesus. He walked with Jesus and ate with Him but eventually, he missed out because of his bad choice.
Though he was the financial secretary to the master’s treasury and Jesus had also promised that the apostles (which were supposed to include Judas) were going to sit beside him during regeneration, judging the twelve tribes of Israel matt 19:28. But what happened that Judas Iscariot missed out? It was his bad choice. His choice finished him.
The Power of Choice that brings life
But the choice of Jesus brought life and hope to humanity. Thought it wasn’t easy, He knew it worth it.
The whole of heaven choose to remain in their glory, the angels weren’t ready to die for humanity, but Jesus stepped out, and say, ‘Father here am I, send me’.
He chose to leave His heavenly glory behind in heaven only to come to this sinful world and suffer for our sins. He was not sent by force to redeem mankind, it was a voluntary service of love that the Lord did for us.
He volunteered to come and die so that you and I may have life in us. But this finished work will only be to our benefit if we will give our lives to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.