FREEDOM TO CHOOSE
When the word “freedom” is often used, it is usually in the context of a political or religious meaning. Rarely do we hear people speak about moral freedom that comes from God alone.
The idea of “freedom” originated with God. It was right after He created man that God gave Adam freedom and the command; “you may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat” (Genesis 2:16-17). God never intervened in Adam’s daily life to control what he did, but left choices up to him. This freedom to choose was not without consequences; either “freedom” in fellowship with God or death separated from God.
Joshua, a leader in Israel whom God selected to lead Israel into the Promised Land, knew the importance of making right choices so he could enjoy “freedom.” When the people chose idolatry over a personal relationship with God, Joshua “would not depart from the tent” where the presence of God was (Numbers 33:11).
At the end of Joshua’s life, he challenged the people; “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). He had already made a choice for himself and for his family.
True freedom is not controlled by outward circumstances, but by the inner state of soul and its relationship with God. Those who are in Christ should know more than anyone what freedom is.
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