God Never Violates Our Freedom of Choice
By A. W. Tozer
. . .And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
It is inherent in the nature of man that his will must be
free. Made in the image of God who is completely free,
man must enjoy a measure of freedom. This enables him
to select his companions for this world and the next; it
enables him to yield his soul to whom he will, to give
allegiance to God or the devil, to remain a sinner or
become a saint.
And God respects this freedom. God once saw
everything that He had made, and behold, it was very
good. To find fault with the smallest thing God has
made is to find fault with its Maker. It is a false humility
that would lament that God wrought but imperfectly
when He made man in His own image. Sin excepted,
there is nothing in human nature to apologize for. This
was confirmed forever when the Eternal Son became
permanently incarnated in human flesh!
So highly does God regard His handiwork that He will
not for any reason violate it. He will take nine steps
toward us but He will not take the tenth. He will incline
us to repent, but He cannot do our repenting for us. It is
of the essence of repentance that it can only be done by
the one who committed the act to be repented of. God
can wait on the sinning man.
He can withhold judgment, He can exercise long-suffering
to the point where He appears lax in His judicial administration,
but He cannot force a man to repent. To do this would be to
violate the man's freedom and void the gift of God originally
bestowed upon him. The believer knows he is free to
choose---and with that knowledge he chooses forever the
blessed will of God!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.