Daily Insight: Freedom To Make Choices
I was teaching Confirmation candidates some time ago and we came to the question that says, “What does it mean to be created in the image of God?” The answer in the catechism says, “It means that we are free to make choices; to reason, and to live in harmony with creation and with God.” Though I have thought this for many years but somehow it struck my mind in a very different way that day. One of the questions that came to my mind that day was if God had not given us freedom to make choices, how will the world look like with people doing the same thing over and again? The world would have been a boring place.
The freedom to make choices God gave to us shows His wisdom at creation but it has a very inflexible condition attached to it in that we can make our choices but we will have to give account of the choices we make on the last day. No wonder Ecclesiastes says, “Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment” – Ecclesiastes 11:9.
Every day of our lives, we are faced with choices to make; the food to eat, the dress to wear, the means of transit, the offer of bribe, the temptation to cheat, the urge to become unfaithful to your spouse, the temptation to tell lies, the career to choose, the prospective spouse to choose, the best things to buy in the shopping mall, etc, etc. The varieties that are before us to choose from may all seem good in our eyes and most times we may have reasons to justify whatever choice we make. However, we should have behind our minds that whatever choice we make at last will be our own product and we should be ready to bear the consequences if it turns out to be the wrong choice.
Therefore as you go through this week and your days ahead, you should be very courteous in making choices. You have to think and ask for God’s leading. Let your choice be that which will bring glory to God. Joseph chose to go to prison instead of enjoying with Potiphar’s wife. His decision took a lot from him; he suffered for what he did not do and it brought ridicule, pain and shame to him. It also derailed his dream but not the purpose of God in his life. At the right time all to shame, ridicule and pains were wiped away.
Beloved, the decision you will make today may bring shame, pain, hardship and ridicule but be assured that God will turn things around for your good if your choice is in His will. Are you willing to say no to all enticement to sin; take bribe, inflate prices, cheat, steal, alternate figures just because you needed money to pay bills, enticement to become promiscuous because of the economic recession we are in, to hide people’s file until your palm is greased, etc? Remember you may enjoy the product of your wrong choice today but it can never last forever. God is watching us and will certainly reward us according to the choices we make. Let the will of God and the will to honour God determine the choice you will make this week and beyond.
Think about this and God bless you.