The Option

Sunday, April 19, 2015
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As editor and publisher of our little local paper, as well as working four mornings a week as an administrator, I spend a lot of time on computers. And if there is one thing that I have discovered about these electronic devices, it's that we need to be able to control them. We need the means to make them do what we want them to do by means of a mouse, or a touch pad, which is the equivalent of a mouse.

As I was considering this reality one day when my mouse had died, it occurred to me that the relationship of a mouse to a computer is very similar to the relationship of our will with us. Without a will, we have no options of our own. The opportunity of choice is taken from us, for it is our will which allows us to act and be individuals. Our wills thus play a huge part in our life's journey.

God gave us free will. He realizes its importance and its ability to lead us into life or death, blessings or curses. After leading the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, as they were about to enter into the Promised Land, He thus took time to remind them of this vital aspect of their humanity when He stated through Moses:

Deuteronomy 30:19-20a – This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life. (NIV)

He gives us this same choice today: the option to use our will to choose life or death, blessings or curses. Which way will your mouse choose this day?

Prayer: Father God, we thank You for the blessing of free will. Grant us the wisdom and heart for You that we need to choose the best option for our life, that we might love You, listen to Your voice, and hold fast to You, for You are our life. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks to you I see mice in a brand new way!

    Thanks for another thought provoking devotion.

    Great analogy Lynne! May the Holy Spirit guide us to make decisions that are in agreement with His will.

    Lynne – Thanks for this word. Indeed our wills and mice want their way at times. Submitting to the will of the Master is worth more than going our own way.
    God bless.

    I don’t agree with your mouse and I was amazed that you got away saying that man has a free will — you can make choices, no problem, even if they are right or wrong. Please refer to Robin or James T. Hurd. They convinced me that Man has No Free will. Seek it out with an open mind and you might see things in a new Light! God bless.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for the devotional.
    I especially enjoyed the prayer.
    We sure need God’s wisdom, control, and push for our free wills to be useful to God in His Kingdom.

    A good analogy on free will Lynne,
    If Adam and Eve did not have a free will, there would be no need for the Bible.
    However it was in God’s plan – the Doctrine of Election.

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