“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”
I stumbled across this quote from my favorite earthly author and I had to stop and think about it a bit. Not only does it suggest different attitudes that humans have, but it also emphasizes the idea of free will that God has given us.
What a risk! Knowing humankind, God decided to let us CHOOSE to follow Him or not! Insane is what I would say…except that, knowing a bit about God, He wants willing followers not automatons. He wants a child who understands that He has our best interests at heart, that He loves us deeply and wants us to be the best we can be, to love Him because He first loved us.
You would think that it would be hard for God to say, “All right, then, have it your way” considering what He has done in giving up His true Son for us. And yet, to Him it would seem to be worth it for that one child who will say, “Thy will be done.”
I find this gift of free choice a bit hard to understand. It makes it hard for us–weak, fickle creatures who have the chance to dictate our destiny. But I guess it forces us to find that bit of Godliness that He has placed inside us to give us the strength and wisdom to make that choice.
But, on the other hand, there is so much that God offers us you can only wonder how we can want our own way. We must have to work so hard to ignore all that God has to offer us–freedom, protection, unconditional love, friendship, wisdom, joy, power, purpose, contentment, peace…
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull
and close their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.” Isaiah 6:9b,10 NIV
How sad for us that we would give up the chance to see, to hear, just to have “our own way”, which usually doesn’t end well…
But for God to have a weak fickle creature recognize his Lordship and of our own choice decide to follow Him–that is a true miracle, one that showcases God’s great love for us and His enabling power in our lives.
We really do have an amazing God, who walks with us and calls to us, who gave His own Son before we even knew Him. That He would have done such things just for the chance that one of us would say, “Thy will be done.”