We were created to reflect the image of our Creator, and one attribute that was included in the ability to choose. The volition is God’s greatest gift to mankind. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NAS). And how do you choose life? “By loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him” (Deuteronomy 30:20a, NAS).
There is a danger we must watch out for – not recognizing the Lord when He comes (in life’s situations). “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him” (John 1:10-11, NAS). In order for us to discern the Lord, we must know His character. We have been given the Word of God – the revelation of His nature. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory” (John 1:14a). “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness” (John 1:4-5, NAS). As we hold fast to the Word of God, and to the Lord Jesus Christ, we choose life!