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"I AM NOT A ROBOT!”
9/3/2020 10:59:00 AM by: Leona Choy

A Fresh Slice of Daily Bread

I have to chuckle whenever I'm asked to check yes or no in answer to that question in the process of putting in some order or other transaction on the Internet. I have to confirm my humanity.

If God created us without free will, we would be robots and there would be no choices to make. Choices are needed because God was so generous to risk creating us with free will. That gets us into a lot of trouble too.

We are not robots to perform at His command or puppets on strings whom He controls without our will. He apparently created myriads of angels specifically to fulfill His assignments regarding His people. They assist us “in all our ways,” but we still choose our ways. Nor does God demand that we love Him—He wants us to love Him with our free will, although He first loved us while we were yet sinners.

We continually face decisions no matter what our age or state in life. Limited as we are during our sheltered-in-place time presently, we still have multiple choices to make. We need wisdom to choose the right ones.

Why are our choices tainted and bent in the wrong direction? We suffer the result of Adam's sin and are born with wills that are prone to make wrong decisions. How to resolve this clash of wills? Ultimately, God wants us to freely choose to do His will. Then our will melds as one with His will. We freely obey Him and find magnified joy in doing His will.

We need God's help in every daily decision, since we don't know the implications of our choices—we are finite. Only our eternal God and Father knows where each choice will lead.

Isn't it reasonable that we should ask Him which road to take even in our minutia daily choices? Sometimes our choice is between an easy, smooth road, an ordinary one for ordinary folks, a crooked one, a rough one, a road with many ups and downs, a more difficult but right road. One road may be a detour. Perhaps there is a road less traveled but one which carries great joy and blessings.

Some choices are determined for us by virtue of the road we chose early in life or by our present constricting circumstances. Our youthful choices put us on some roads from which there is no turning back. Our direction and destiny is largely determined by previous choices and carries with it more detailed subsequent choices until the end of life.

By the time we are toddlers we are already good at practicing our free will. Our flawed original nature rears its ugly head even in an innocent, sweet child who throws a tantrum when their ego is crossed. We all want to do things our way.

We make momentous choices in our earlier years—friends, education, marriage, child raising, career, religious faith—each decision catapults us in a permanent direction. Mid-life carries its own specific decisions—possible job loss, marriage breakup, financial dilemmas, declining health, wayward children, eventually the trauma of retirement. Advanced years bring many excruciating decisions which are often made for us by others—health issues, to accept chemo or not, financial insecurity, relocation to care facilities, divorce or abandonment after a lifetime together, death of spouse, neglect from family members, hospice care, dementia.

Many of the above decisions still have to be made during this Corona virus lock-down, isolated period. It is all the more difficult because we don't know what society will be like when we emerge or whether we will have the resources to carry through our ordinarily wise decisions.

How shall we make the right decisions? Which road shall we take? We are assured in James 1:5, that if we ask for God's wisdom in decision making, He will give it generously.

One never-fail spiritual process overrides all other principles and applies to wisdom even in the details of daily choices we must make under duress: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).

Even when we make less than wise choices during COVID-19 and we find ourselves on the wrong road when we emerge? Not to worry. God can write straight even with crooked lines and He will cause all things to work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
 

 


Comments

Mrs. Veda Pong From Fremont, CA At 9/4/2020 1:58:29 PM

Dear, Dear Leona, Thank you so much for your encouraging devotional! I was so touched by the words...”declining health.” I had a cardiac arrest resulting in a traumatic brain injury onDecember 3, 2005. Thus, I am a shut in. How I PTL for keeping me from falling into a well of depression! ??Veda

Reply by: Leona Choy

I join you, dear new friend, in thanking God for preserving your life and keeping you close to Himself instead of giving in to depression. He is the Giver of joy no matter what the circumstances. Do you live alone? Where are you? Are your eyes ok to read? May I send you a gift of one of my books? Email me [email protected] with your address

Linda Ann Fumea From Florida At 9/4/2020 8:10:10 AM

Amen!! Trust in the Lord!! Romans 8:28 - All things work together for good to those who love God ...

Reply by: Leona Choy

We all have made some poor choices in our past, even in the present, but the Lord knows our hearts and can help us correct our course in line with His will. Thank God for His loving mercy.

Heiko From The Netherlands At 9/4/2020 4:44:48 AM

Thank you Leona for being used by the Lord in your ministry for Him to me and others. Just reading about the robots causing my tears to flow as I talk to the Lord thanking Him for my free choice, but having made so very often the wrong decision asking Him to give me HIS wisdom to do HIS will.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Dear Heiko, the Lord is called our "Redeemer" able and willing to even "unscramble eggs" when we have had a fall like ol' Humpty Dumpty. He can even redeem the years the locust has chewed up and digested. These are miracles. Praise God for restoring us and sending us on our way again clean and forgiven and always loved.

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