We need to talk about taking a risk in the process of making choice. For instance, if someone dies through plane crash, the relatives still need to take plane when traveling. In life there are certain choice we must make that involves some elements of risks. A scholar quoted, “it is even a greater risk not to take risk”. The same applies to taking a decision or making a choice in life because it is a greater risk not to make a choice in a given situation.
The Bible in Proverbs 3:5 & 6 made us to trust in God in whatever we want to do to submit to him, and He will make your paths straight. Even if we decided to act against the dictate of God, He won’t restraint us for God has given us the free will. God dignifies us with free will, the power to make decisions of our own rather than having God or fate predetermine what we do. Consider what the Bible teaches.
God created humans in his image. (Genesis 1:26) Unlike animals, which act mainly on instinct, we resemble our Creator in our capacity to display such qualities as love and justice. And like our Creator, we have free will.
To a great extent, we can determine our future. The Bible encourages us to “choose life by listening to God’s voice,” that is, by choosing to obey his commands. (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20) This offer would be meaningless, even cruel, if we lacked free will. Instead of forcing us to do what he says, God warmly appeals to us: “O if only you would actually pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river.”—Isaiah 48:18.
Our success or failure is not determined by fate. If we want to succeed at an endeavor, we must work hard. “All that your hand finds to do,” says the Bible, “do with your very power.”(Ecclesiastes 9:10) It also says: “The plans of the diligent one surely make for advantage.”: Proverbs 21:5.
Free will is a precious gift from God, for it lets us love him with our “whole heart”: because we want to: Matthew 22:37.
In (Luke 10: 38 – 42), when Jesus visited Bethany, Martha demonstrates hospitality by welcoming Jesus into the home she shares with her sister Mary. She then occupied herself with the tasks of serving their guest. Although we are not told precisely what those tasks are, a good guess is that she began preparing a meal.
Meanwhile her sister Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, listening to his words. Rather than assuming the role expected of women in her culture, she takes her place at the feet of Jesus. She assumes the posture of a student learning at the feet of a rabbi, a role traditionally reserved for men.
Distraction and Worry
This pleasant story takes a sharp turn when Martha, distracted by her many tasks, comes to Jesus and asks, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me” (10:40).
Many who read or hear this story may cheer for Mary in her inversion of traditional roles. Many may also empathize with Martha’s resentment of her sister for leaving her to do all the work. Jesus’ response to Martha seems less than empathetic, chiding her for her distraction and worry, and praising Mary: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.* Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” (10:41-42). (Elisabeth Johnson)
The above illustration shows that God does not interfere with the choice we choose to make as Martha was not forced in making her choice to entertain the guest. Since we are not robot, we are therefore responsible for every choice we made in life. There is choice that is attributable to God alone. For instance, it is God prerogative to determine who your earthly father and mothers are, your parental resemblance, your skin colour and looks, even the parts of the world you originated from was a choice made by God. On the other hand, the kind of friends you choose is your choice and you take full responsibilities. Remember your choice of friends tends to have an influence over your decision wrongly or rightly.
Sometimes God set us up to experience setback for our come back to Him. We are therefore a product of the choice we made. God has made no mistakes by the parents He made for you. If your target in life is to get just a car, you don’t have any need to wait on God because it is an achievable target, but if your dreams and aspiration is about your destinies, it definitely need time and is worth waiting for. If you believe and trust in the God you are waiting for: you don’t need to get tired and distracted as Martha did in the above illustration, because you should know God has never disappointed. It does not matter if you are not seeing it on the physical, but the fact is everything is working it out for you in the spirit.
Your thinking or seeing how your heart desire will come does not really concerns you, but you are only concern on God delivering what He promised. We shall discuss the part two of this in our follow up edition, may God give you the wisdom to seek God in making a life choice and faith to wait on Him.