Summary: ‘Choice’ is something that begins with God. God chose to keep the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the center of garden, so there was no chance of Adam & Eve missing it. And God passed on this gift of choice to mankind. The choices that we make in our everyday life determine our future.
The choices that we make are very important. It determines our victory and our future. One wrong choice can ruin your life. And a right choice can bless you abundantly.
What’s the first choice mentioned in the Bible? [allow audience to guess] Eve choosing to eat the forbidden fruit! No.
CHOICE begins even before. ‘Choice’ begins with God. The first chapter of Genesis gives us insight into variety of choices.
God created the universe in six days. Why did He take six days? Why not just a moment? Or why not two days? It was God’s choice to create everything in six days?
‘Choice’ is something that God had, right from the start. Like, God chose to keep the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the center of garden. He could’ve kept it in some corner so Adam and Eve could have hardly noticed it. But God placed it right there, in the center, so there was no way of missing it.
God’s choice was not influenced by anyone. Isa 40:13 says Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? He is all powerful and has all wisdom. He created the whole earth from nothing. As human beings we only have the power to re-create. This means we need some basic raw materials to create anything. But not so with God, he can create anything out of nothing (ex-nihilo)
And God passed on this gift of choice to mankind. Imagine if we did not have the power to choose. All of us will be like robots, with no freedom to choose. We will be controlled by someone.
Bear in mind, this gift is extremely important to us. Do you know how many choices you make every day on an average. Right from choosing when to get up, whether to snooze the alarm, how long to brush your teeth, to the colour of the dress you were till you go back to bed, you consciously or unconsciously make several choices.
Statistics say, human beings make roughly 5000 choices every day.
Do you know at which point in time we make most of the difficult and important choices in life? Around 18 to 30 years, we make the most important choices that decide our future. We call this ‘youth’
This is the time we decide on our job, career, life partner, education, etc. - some of these choices can never be reversed.
Now, coming back to Genesis 1, Who made the first wrong choice? Man. He disobeyed God and did what God said He must not do. He ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Why would man make this wrong choice? Simply because when God gives us choice, it means he automatically gives the power to choose between good and bad. We find this choice even in the book of Deuteronomy 30:19 when Joshua says, ‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’
Unfortunately because of Adam made a wrong choice, all of us have become fallen beings. Still God did not take away the gift of choice, just because Adam did not make the right choice.
Still today, you and I have this gift of choice. We are not robots or puppets in God’s hands. Rather, he gives us complete freedom. Even as young people, God does not control you. He gives you complete freedom.
Ecc 11:9, says: You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Young people, how should you be? You should be happy? Not sad at all times?
Why? Youth is a gift from God. Youth is a period that everybody looks forward to. When you are a child, you wait to be a youth. When you are old, you look back to your young days.
People loving calling themselves as youth. No one likes to say, I have become old. It is during youth, you are at the peak. Your strength is highest when you are young – proverbs 20:29 says ‘The glory of young men is their strength’
During youth, your emotions are high. You constantly want to learn new things, go on adventurous trips, expose yourself to new things. It is one of the beautiful periods in life. Ecc 11:9 continues; ‘Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see,’
Again, God gives you a choice here. Whatever your heart desires, just do that do. Whatever your eyes want to see, just see that. No conditions at all. You need not listen to anyone else. Do what your heart wants to do. Do what your eyes want to see.. Not what someone else tells you to do..