The Sovereign Grace of Choice

Ever watching and listening with intent to learn, I grapple with choice and sovereignty. On some things I settle…”choose whom you will serve,” and instruction to “take every thought captive in obedience to Christ” and my life verses always calling me back to the sustaining truth, “…fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…through the rivers…they shall not overflow you, and when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned neither will the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…”

Relationship…made for it, conceived in it, sustained and nurtured by it, and taught all things significant through it. We learn nothing of value if we fail to see the relationships between self and God, self and other, self and truth, wisdom and error.

There is even a relationship between choice and sovereignty, as best I can tell. Sovereign God, Creator, Sustainer, is indeed Sovereign, yet in His sovereignty He took the threads of choice and grace and wove them into a fabric of love that would prove what is good…

“Choose whom you will serve…” These words, ever repeating to each of us, in every situation, every moment. Even Christ, though perfect, faced suffering so great He cried out, “let this cup pass from Me.” But then, in submission He surrendered to the will of the Father, “not My will, but Thine be done.” Willingly, Christ went to the cross. We either willingly submit or we stubbornly refuse. We choose. We all choose. By grace, through faith, “harden not your heart.” We have choices to make. Oh, may we choose well. Each choice matters.

I think of the grace of consequence. Because of love and grace, we see the result of choices, both good and bad. As long as there is breath, there is hope for learning and growth. New mercies rise with the sun every morning, offering to all who breathe another chance to employ the learning of the failures of days past. What grace, truly, what sovereign grace we enjoy.

This grace is not cheap. How costly the price paid for the pardon of our sins. May we honor the grace of lessons learned and love through the hurt as we shepherd others through this difficult world.

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