You vs God

“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.”
–C.S. Lewis

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.”

Forgiveness

Asking For Forgiveness

Asking For Forgiveness (Photo credit: hang_in_there)

To forgive one who has wronged you is probably one of the hardest things God calls us as His children to do.  It has to do with me letting go of what someone has done against me; an actual wrong that this world would say gives you the right to hold a grudge.

At one point in my life I blamed God for me being single.  Everyone said that I must have decided to be single, but at the time I really didn’t think I had.  I blamed God.  Why have you done this to me?  Why are you punishing me?  What have I done wrong?

It took me a while to realize that God wasn’t punishing me and that this was His best for me right now.  It took me even longer to realize that by following His will for my life that I HAD inadvertantly chosen to be single.  It was only then that I could realize that I needed to let go of my blame and embrace the gift He had given me.  This was a form of forgiveness for me–to let go of a perceived wrong and be able to move on in my relationship with God.

Forgiveness can be life-changing (for more than just you)–please watch this video about the story that inspired Matthew West’s song Forgiveness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz3tkHv5sbg

And now, of course you have to listen to the song Forgiveness, which always gives me chills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1Lu5udXEZI

Forgiveness is hard, that’s not up for debate.  But look at the incredible changes that it wrought in the lives of Renee and her family and in the life of Eric.  Can you not see the great hand of God working through this mystery of forgiveness?