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God giving man free will while He still remains in control seems like quite the contradiction. Can the two be reconciled? People have pondered this paradox for centuries, but we can end this pondering today by simply observing what the Bible has to say on this matter. Yes, in fact, the Bible addresses this great mystery head on. Let us take a look at our key text coming out of Proverbs 16:9 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
First, the scripture clearly tells us that man gets to decide what he wants to do and where he wants to go. In modern terms, “You are grown. You can do what you want.” Hopefully more often than not, we use our free will to make decisions based on the instruction of the Word of God, but sometimes we get naughty. Sometimes we make up our minds to do what we have no business doing and go where we have no business going. God then says, “Okay, have your way. Go on down that street.” The beautiful thing, however, is that God stays by our sides not only through the good decisions but also through the bad ones. This is where the second point comes in. Though God has given us the free will to decide the paths we choose, God maintained the power to direct our steps. So when we’ve made up our minds to go down that wrong road, God may direct our steps into a few speed bumps in an effort to knock some sense back into us. He also guides our feet away from pitfalls we cannot see, because despite our poor actions He does not want to lose us. You choose the way, but you’d better thank God that He directs your steps.
Have a blessed day!
Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.