We are free to choose but…

My Pondering

We can run but can’t hide 🙈 for long.

Adam and Eve were the first to find that one out.

I see reality this way. Free will a bit of space God carved out for us, as we were created in His image.

We are like His children out in a fenced in back yard. If we hop the fence, we are out of bounds and more or less on our own.

The prodigal son parable comes to mind. God doesn’t want us to leave but He doesn’t usually block us either. Our protection is precarious when we are out of bounds.

Like in sport, there are always penalties for going out of bounds. If we are going to succeed and be a winner, we need to play within the confines of the rules.

Persistent will

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

1Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray at all times and not lose heart: 2“In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected men. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept appealing to him, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’

4For a while he refused, but later he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect men, 5yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice. Then she will stop wearing me out with her perpetual requests.’ ”

6And the Lord said, “Listen to the words of the unjust judge.

7Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night?

Will He continue to defer their help?

8I tell you, He will promptly carry out justice on their behalf.

Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

Luke 18:8

My Pondering

Sometimes God wants us persistently flex our will. He wants us to after it as the widow in this parable did. Her persistence prevailed.

Like Solomon taught us, there is a time for this and that.

Jesus share another parable which comes to mind regarding asking.

Ask, Seek, Knock

7Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

9Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Matthew 7:7-11

We can gather as we ask in faith, the Father will provide for He is compassionate and loving.

Let’s Pray

God, You know what we need better than we do. We seek You, the Giver, more so than the gift.

Take Away

God knows what we need yet when we approach Him humbly, He is honored. That’s what we need to take away.

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin – the center of the mark

My Pondering

Pondering Psalms 119:128
“Therefore I consider all Your precepts to be right;
I hate every false way.”

My take: Yes, sometimes its good to hate. That’s not being ‘hateful’ its being right. It means you value truth and love over lying and evil.

Where should we look for our standard? Agnostic philosophers, little children, the animal kingdom, politicians, hollywood actors? No, no, no, no, no. 1st and foremost should be God and specifically the clear and undeniable precepts found within.

pre·cept ˈprēˌsept/Submit
noun plural noun: precepts

  1. a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought.
    “moral precepts”
    synonyms: principle, rule, tenet, canon, doctrine, command, order, decree, dictate, dictum, injunction, commandment.

God, in His infinite wisdom, gave us the ability to choose; to exercise our free will. Why? For sure, you need to ask Him. I speculate after years of thought that its because of love. To truly love in this world of opposites and extremes it requires our ability to choose not to love or its contrived and manipulated.

Is the opposite of love to hate? No, the it is essentially ‘indifference, the lack of love’. God at His core is love, so proclaims the Bible. The pinnacle of this can be found in John 3:16. Don’t you know that one by heart? Just in case and because i love it, here it is: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

So godly hate is not the opposite of love rather its a force that aims to stop whatever power that attacks the roots of love. It is having passion, righteous anger towards whatever influence impedes true love from blossoming and staying healthy.

In Psalm 97:10a we find, “O you who love the LORD, hate evil!”

Right now, extremest Muslims are jihading for this cause. They have plenty of hate but desperately lacking love and most certainly a relationship with the one and true God and His beloved son, Jesus Christ. So it so important to keep rightous hate in check by greater love.

In Proverbs 6:16 — 19 we read:
“There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.”

My prayer:

LORD, I want love what You love and hate what You hate. Help me to love the sinner and hate the sin. To love myself and hate the sin entrenched in my old man, my flesh. I know love wins and You are love. Amen!

How shall you respond?

Thank God Jesus didn’t leave us but rather loves us