Since I can remember, I have never liked being told what to do. I like being asked to do something, but take away my choice and something rises up in me. My parents learned this about me early on. They would tell me I could eat my broccoli or I could stay at the table. I could see the TV from where I sat, so I stayed at the table a few nights until bedtime. They wised up and said I could eat my broccoli or I could go to my room and go to bed. That motivated me to do something about the broccoli. Sometimes I liked the choices given to me, and other times I didn’t. I’ve learned that in life choices have consequences. Some have good consequences and some not so good. I’ve also learned that my choices don’t exist in a vacuum. No matter what I choose, it affects people all around me.

When God placed Adam and Eve in the garden, He gave them lots of choices. In the middle of the garden He planted the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He told them not to eat from that tree. It wasn’t long until the serpent came in Genesis 3 to tempt them with choosing to eat from that tree. He asked, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” Eve responded, “‘Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden. It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die’” (NLT). The serpent challenged her trust in God’s Word and she chose to eat it. She then offered some to Adam and he chose to eat it as well. They then chose to try to conceal it from God and faced the consequences of their choices.

In Deuteronomy 11:26 God offered Israel (and us) a choice. He said, “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!” It seems like an easy choice, but we choose the curse over the blessing pretty often. The good news is God is there to forgive us when we make the wrong choice. Life would have been easier without the choice, but God, who is love, understands that if He were to remove our choice, it would remove our ability to love Him fully. The choice isn’t there to trick us or tempt us. It’s there so that we can choose our creator over the things He created. It’s to show if we trust Him or ourselves. To this day, He still gives each of us this choice. As you go about your day, you’re going to be given several opportunities to choose what He wants or what you want. Either one you choose has consequences. You can have a blessing or a curse. One choice may offer you an immediate result, while His results often come over time. Listen to the Holy Spirit and seek His wisdom in what you choose daily.

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