Have you ever wondered why if God knows all things He created Adam and Eve knowing they would sin? This is something that has troubled me throughout my life. I mean, “Hey, God, why didn’t you just make them obedient? My life would be a lot easier—well, perfect to be exact—had they not sinned.” Right? Tell me I’m not the only one who has had this thought.
I have never questioned that the God of the Bible is The God. I’ve never doubted that He created the universe, that Jesus is His son or that Jesus died for me. I’ve just wondered why it couldn’t have been easier.
Currently, I’m reading Billy Graham’s, “The Reason for My Hope–Salvation.” I posted the other day that I was dissecting, devouring, and digesting this book. I picked it up figuring it would be a quick read for me. But, I have found myself pouring over each page, taking notes, and pondering his words. He tells the story of a couple who takes their children to the park to play. As they entered the park, another couple warned them that there was poison ivy nearby. The father warned his child to avoid the area, telling her of the danger. To his dismay, the first place she ran was right to the plants. Knowing his little girl was going to suffer painful consequences, the father’s heart was broken at his daughter’s disobedience. But, she hadn’t seen why she should listen to him when the ivy looked so enticing. Of course, the blisters, burning, itching and swelling came. The little girl’s dad compassionately tended to her as she endured pain that could have been avoided. It hurt him to see her in so much pain, but he didn’t leave her side, nursing her back to health.
This illustration struck me. WHAM! That’s exactly how it is! God tells us. He warns us. And yet, we look in His eyes, and say, “I’m doing it anyway. It just looks like more fun.” He stands, heartbroken, over the decisions we have made knowing we are going to suffer consequences. But, He is also waiting with open arms when we come crying to Him broken and bruised, ready to bring peace and healing.
Why did God give us free will? Wouldn’t it have been easier for us and for Him to create us as obedient creatures, with eyes only for Him? Well. He already had the angels. The angels were already like that. He wanted companionship. He wanted relationship. He wanted us to WANT Him. So, He allowed us to choose.
It all just hit home with me in such a personal way this week. I wanted to share it with you. Maybe you have struggled with this subject and this will help you as well. God loves you. He wants a relationship with you.
(The Reason for My Hope—Salvation by Billy Graham- W Publishing Group, An Imprint of Thomas Nelson pages 25-26)
Lisa Bull sees her life as a journey along God’s divine plan. While considering herself an expert on nothing, she enjoys laughing and has made “choosing joy” her motto. Lisa has experienced God’s unfailing love and grace in her life and wants nothing more than for others to enjoy that same gift in their lives.
Lisa is the daughter and granddaughter of ministers. She has multiple relatives in ministry on both sides of her father’s family including several pastors, pastor’s wives, and missionaries. In fact, ministry in her maternal grandmother’s family can be traced back several generations. She loves being a wife and mother of two terrific young men.
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