Here’s a creation that we often overlook, the creation of freedom; what you could call a creation within creation itself:
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
God sets the stage here, creates the initial conditions wherein man can exercise his free will. God gives man both the freedom and responsibility to choose for himself and unless man is able to exercise this freedom he can never be happy, satisfied, or convinced.
God’s will is changeable and adaptable
The following is an interesting passage showing how the Lord’s will is changeable and adaptable: It changes and adapts at times, according to man’s choices. In this incidence, God’s original will was for His people was a certain course of action but when they disobeyed and di d another thing instead, then God’s will adapted in this case accordingly. He would then use the situation to ‘try’ his people, to ‘prove’ them, whether His children would keep his ways or not.
20 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice;
21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:
22 That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.
23 Therefore the Lord left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.
The Lord does similar things with us today. His will adapts according to both our choices and the choices of those around us. Remember, His end goal is our welfare, our development as spiritual beings, not trying to force us into an inflexible unchanging mold.
A mini studies article from Through the Bible in 52 Weeks
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