Choices Without Strings

Maybe it is my imagination but did you ever think about a puppet escaping? The story of Pinocchio is Disney’s version. Me, I was thinking about God and man. God is not some puppet master and mankind his puppets. That would not be a relationship. Now if the strings were cut and the puppet escaped? Could the puppet make his own choices?

People ask, if God is such a loving God, why did he create evil? Why is there sickness and pain? Why disease and death?

Isaiah 45:6-9 KJV  “That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord , and there is none else.
[7] I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things .
[8] Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.
[9] Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?”

The answer is clear from these verses, free will to choose. Light or darkness, peace or evil, let righteousness spring up together, it is about man choosing. A puppet master does not allow a puppet to choose. As for sickness and disease, there was a curse put on the earth from sin because of Adam, Eve and Satan deceiving them and the whole earth groans scripture says.

If God wanted puppets or robots, he would have made them. He didn’t. He made mankind with a free will to choose. It is like cutting the strings on a puppet and the puppet escapes.  What does the puppet do? Where does the puppet go?

Parents are like a puppet master. They have restraints, strings, on their children. But the time comes when the parents cut the strings and set their children free. Parents hope and pray their children make the right choices.

God gives us several examples of choices he wants us to make but sometimes, people make the wrong choices.

God tells us to choose life Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV ” I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”

Do you see heaven and earth are making a record of your choices? We are told to choose who we will serve in our life, Joshua 24:15 KJV “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord , choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord .”

We also see there are times we do not know what choice we should make. What do we do? God answers that in  Psalm 25:12 KJV “What man is he that feareth the Lord ? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.”

Notice God promises to teach him in the way that he should choose, not make the choice for him but show him the way to make the decision. There are times when God makes the choice for us. Who rules, leaders, what type of judgment to send.

When King David was asked to make a decision on what punishment God should send, David didn’t focus on punishment,  he focused on God’s mercy. God gave David 3 choices: famine for 3 years, your enemies overtake you for 3 months or pestilence for 3 days. David told God he did not want his enemies to overtake him but he knew God was merciful. So he told God, you decide. You can read it in 1 Chronicles 21: 9 – 30.

And Paul the apostle? He even explained he chooses things he wished he wouldn’t. We see clearly, most Old Testament choices were focused on life in the world. New Testament choices Paul explains are spiritual based. Another words, think spiritually not earthly.

Philippians 1:22-23 KJV “But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
[23] For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:”

Unlike the Old Testament where choices were made to follow God and conquer lands, build the temple, serve the Lord and keep the law, the New Testament choices are based in spiritual matters. Yes, we live in this world like they did in the Old Testament. But they were focused on things in the world. We are told that although we are in the world, we are not part of the world.

Our decisions should be spirit based. And that is why we should not get caught up in the cares of this world. Our decisions should be laying treasures up in heaven where moth and dust does not corrupt.

God is not our puppet master. The law was the puppet master. But Jesus Christ is the end of the law for salvation. He cut the strings on all of us so we have escaped. Do we run away or do we look up and ask God to teach us the answers we seek?

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Until next time.

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