Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.
Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
Deuteronomy 30:19New King James Version (NKJV)
19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
If God were to remove all evil from our world (but somehow leave human beings on the planet), it would mean that the essence of “humanness” would be destroyed. We would become robots.
Let me explain what I mean by this. If God eliminated evil by programming us to perform only goods acts, we would lose this distinguishing mark—the ability to make choices. We would no longer be free moral agents. We would be reduced to the status of robots.
Let’s take this a step further. Robots do not love. God created us with the capacity to love. Love is based upon one’s right to choose to love. We cannot force others to love us. We can make them serve us or obey us. But true love is founded upon one’s freedom to choose to respond.
Given the choice, I would rather be responsible for my actions than be a robot without responsibility! Are you using your ability to make decisions wisely—and using it for God?