Saturday, December 29, 2007

HOW GREAT Is Your Regard For God (A Thought On Human Free Will)?

"Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty" (Ps. 104:1).

Do we have such regard for God, "very great"?

Like the psalmist, could we really say to God: "You are clothed with splendor and majesty"?

How high and lofty is our regard for Him?

We may find it easy to say that we value Him more than our material possession. But do we also exalt Him more than our own abilities? Do we believe that He is even greater than our so-called human free will?

There are those who believe that because of our freedom of choice, we can even choose to resist the Attractiveness of God! Because of our free will, according to them, we could reject God!

Instead of teaching what God's Word declares that, those who ignore and refuse God and His Gift are in spiritual darkness or spiritually blind, and they fail to behold God's Attractiveness and Greatness -- they prefer to teach that there are those who could behold God's splendor and majesty, but they are not attracted or "refused" to be captivated by God's Beauty, because of their human choice!!

If we are not spiritually dead, if we are not spiritually blind -- our human free will to desire and choose what attracts us is NOT extinguished! Please read that again. And again.

Our freedom of choice does not extinguish our desire for what is attractive -- whether what we choose is not attractive to others.

The Great God who created us with our human free will -- has given us the freedom of choice that makes us desire what attracts us! Thus, when we are really attracted to something, we are not "forced." It is our natural tendency to desire what is admirable, as we desire for water when we are thirsty, or we want food when we are hungry.

The human free will that He gave us is NOT the kind of choice wherein we have to choose between being attracted or embrace what attracts us, and not to be attracted or resist what attracts us!

Our freedom of choice is our freedom to choose what appears desirable to us at the moment we make our decision. Our Great God has given us the human free will that we are inclined to choose and accept what is more pleasant compared with other options.

Thus, our human free choice will NOT "kill" or even lessen our admiration for God's Greatness! Our freedom of choice -- given to us by God -- will direct us to adore and come to Him.

Our God given freedom will NOT move us to ignore and reject Him, but admire and praise Him, and say, "O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty"!

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