Sometimes in life when things seem to be going wrong we wonder why God has not saved us from hurt or the consequences of our decisions. We forget that God gave us free will to make decisions. Isaiah 42:14 says “I have kept quiet for a long time. I remained silent and restrained myself”. If He is remaining quiet, then he must be leaving decision up to us. Look at the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Eve had free will and chose the wrong path, but was it her destiny? In Jeremiah 29:11 it says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”. If God has plans for us and they are not for evil, why do we suffer or get stressed from poor decisions? It is my belief that when we stray from God and His teachings we are more prone to making bad decisions and then will suffer the consequences of those decisions. Consequences aren’t always immediately recognizable, but rest assured they will raise their creepy head at the most inopportune time.
Next time you are down on your circumstances, not happy with where you are in life, look back at the decisions you’ve made in life and learn where you could have made better decisions. Don’t dwell on them or punish yourself for what is in the past. Study your decisions (bad and good) and learn from them. Remember what Romans 8:28 says; “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose”. Embrace your free will and make Godly decisions that will build a better life for you and your family and leave a legacy that others can follow.
I don’t claim to be a theological scholar, but these are my thoughts.