The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on that day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:15-17 HCSB
I recently officiated at the wedding of my son. In one of the portions of the marriage ceremony I said, “Life is filled with choices and the choices you make will determine your destination in this life and for eternity. One poor choice can destroy a marriage.” A major responsibility of every parent is to raise his children to make wise choices.
Instead of creating man as a puppet on a string that is manipulated by God, our Creator made man with the freedom and ability to choose. Adam and Eve had a choice. They could obey God and do what He said to do or they could choose to rebel against God and His desires. Today God has given that same choice to each of us. Wrong choices often bring pain and suffering. When we make wrong choices we can learn from our mistakes. Suffering the consequences of our poor choices helps us to make better choices in the future.
Challenge: Certainly you know people who have or who are currently making poor choices. Pray for these people. God has given you the ability to make choices. Please choose wisely. Ask God to lead and guide you in making good choices.