Crossroads of Life

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    Free will is an amazing blessing that God has given to man. We have the ability to decide what we will do and where we will go in life. We can choose our mate, our job, our lifestyle, and our home. We can choose to do right and live a life in service to God. We can also choose to do wrong and make mistakes. We can take our lives down the best and happiest road, or the darkest and gloomiest road. Every path in the road we are taking has an infinite number of crossroads and decisions to be made and we can choose any one of those decisions. These decisions are in our power because we have free will.

    We can decide where we go and what we are going to buy and sell. We decide how we are going to get money, make a profit, and trade. We can decide how long we are going to spend in each place that we go to make money. James 4:13, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”’ We have free will and we make these decisions.

    However, with the awesome power of free will that God has given to us, we still don’t know exactly what is going to happen in the future. We can make plans for the next 20 years yet we might not even live 20 years. We might plan to be in a certain city and that city might not exist a year from now. James 4:14, “yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes”.

    We have free will and sometimes our free will fights against God’s will. Sometimes we decide where we are going to go, what we are going to get, and how we are going to get it and we forget that God’s will might very well be different. What happens when I fight against the Lord’s will? What happens when I decide I am going to go to a certain city and live and do business and God will for my life is that I be somewhere else doing something else? What happens when I decide that my will is more important and stronger than the Lord’s will? We have free will. God has blessed us with free will. God will allow us to go against His will, make our own decisions, and make mistakes. However we will not change the will of God. We will simply place ourselves in opposition to His will which will put us in a very dark place. To think follow our will over the will of God is to exalt ourselves above God. It is to decide that we know better than God (yet we don’t even know what will happen tomorrow). Instead we need to listen to God, to His will, to His direction for our lives. We need to trust Him knowing that He does know what will happen tomorrow...and the next day...and the next. Instead of fighting against Him, let us trust Him, follow Him, choose to let Him steer our lives. Let us align our free will with His will so that our lives will ALWAYS go in the right direction. We will never see true failure as long as our live is aligned with God’s will. James 4:15-16, “Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”