The free will conundrum

We have an amazing Father.

He gives us free will to choose Him or not. Here’s an analogy: you pay $1500 for a puppy. You walk him to the door each morning and offer him the option of staying or leaving. Whatever he chooses, you permit.

God’s decision to give us our free will is not a thoughtless exercise. He desires our love, but this requires that we choose Him over all others. These “others”, or idols, include money, sex, fame, security, and the list goes on.

Here’s my experience.

  • I try to fill my God void (the emptiness that we all feel when we chase idols) with: 1) career success; 2) financial security; or 3) athletics. I rotate through these three on a periodic basis. Yes, the regularity is embarrassing.
  • I fail to fill the void and eventually choose God (again) when the pain grows to a level I can no longer bear.
  • I submit my will to God. In other words, I give up my free will.
  • God gives it right back!

Sometimes I think it would be easier if this could be a one-time transaction. “Here God, take my will. I don’t want it any more. Really.” That’s not God’s plan, though. We demonstrate our love for Him as we offer up the sacrifice of our will each day. In turn, He loves us so much that He offered His son in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

We have an amazing Father.

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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