February 3, 2019

Free Will: the Importance of Choice

 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”--Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV)

Matthew 7: 24-27 gives us the parable of the wise man and the foolish man. One guy builds his house directly on sand. The other one constructs his on a rock. A sand castle can be beautiful, but it’s not a good option for a permanent residence, even as a doll house. It will eventually get washed away. A house made of sturdier materials, such as stone, on the other hand, can provide shelter for many years.

Jacob and Esau

Loved ones may make short-sighted decisions that jeopardize their health, relationships, or finances. This is what Esau did in Genesis, chapter 25. The hungry man sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. Of course, Jacob wasn’t entirely innocent, but that’s another blog post.

In ancient Israel, the birthright (bekorah) was a privilege given to the firstborn son. It had to do with leadership, authority, and the inheritance of property. The oldest son dealt directly with the Lord. It was an oral contract as binding as a written one. See more in this article on housetohouse.com.

My Symbolic Dream

I was visiting a run-down high school. I was drawn to one wall that was almost completely covered with glass. The windows were huge. They provided a view of everything happening down on the street.

The weather was snowy and freezing, but no drivers were cautious. I mean, nobody looked ahead even a few feet. As I looked down, I saw multiple accidents. I even spied one motorist driving down the icy, snowy road backwards at about 40 mph. Needless to say; he started a chain reaction of collisions.

Dump trucks and garbage trucks crashed and overturned. Old sedans rear-ended Porsches, and vice versa. Finally, the entire road was blocked by wrecked vehicles and screaming people. Emergency response teams couldn’t get through.

I kept trying to warn the motorists and pedestrians. I screamed and waved my hands frantically from behind the window. My actions went unnoticed for three reasons:
  •  I was on an upper floor of the building.
  • The noise at ground level was deafening.
  • Nobody thought to look up in the middle of the chaos.

The Moral of the Story

The tale teaches us to use common sense and plan ahead. Here are the other main messages that stand out to me:

You can’t force anyone to make wise choices. Free will is sacred.

My Conclusion

Every choice, big or small, either moves us either forward or backward. It may also hurt other people, or help them. Please enjoy these quotes on free will from brainyquote.com:

 “You are free to choose what you want to make of your life. It’s called free agency or free will, and it’s your birthright.”—Sean Covey
“There’s too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.”—Agatha Christie
 “God gave us free will, and we may choose to exercise it in ways that end up hurting other people.”—Francis Collins
“God seldom suspends the laws of nature, just as God does not remove free will to keep evil people from doing evil things.”—Adam Hamilton

Related Posts

Are you using your free will to build with sand, or rock?


  1. Free will is sacred, as you stated. But it can also be hurtful. God gave man free will and it must hurt him deeply when his creation rejects Him. On a human level, I am sure many of us have been terribly hurt by the decisions our friends or family may have made to reject us.

  2. Carol Graham, I couldn't agree more. Hearts get broken when people use their free will in malicious ways.