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Topic: Experiment (02/16/12)
TITLE: Free Will Experiences
By Susan Allen
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God gave us free will. Experimentation is one of our ways to use His gift of free will. We will either use it for good experiments or for bad experiences. Free will can either be a blessing or a curse. It depends on how and why you experiment.
We are curious beings, and we will want to experiment during our life journey to maturity. Experiments could be initiated from new experiences of wrong choices to brilliant experimental research, science experiments, or chemistry experiments. All of life’s inventions came from God’s promptings to experiment but it is our free will how we choose to use His promptings. Everyday, real life experiments are a part of our gift of existence.
God gave people wisdom to experiment with new and great ideas. People have a choice to either use their free will on experiments with God’s will or choose to experiment without God’s guidance. It could be a dangerous and hard, bumpy road to travel when we go on our own experiment in sin. Or our experiments can glorify God. It is our choice.
When we were children, we innocently experimented with all kinds of things. For example, a child picks up a phone and dials a number, someone answers, and it ends up being a long distance call. Or, the children are playing in the mud and put the dirty substance in their mouths to taste it. Even the little things are experiments in our lives. Another example is, putting toothpicks together to create something out of them. There are so many examples, but I can’t put them all down on paper.
Life is one huge experiment; and free will is the reason why we can experiment with new experiences. Everyday we learn something new, and try out some kind of easier way to do it. The huge experiment is learning how to live a better life.
Think of an experience when you used your free will without God’s guidance and His will. Was it worth it? I remember a personal, past experience when I did experiment with illegal drugs. It wasn’t God’s will for me to destroy my body and mind. This experience of rebellion, using my free will to experiment with sin, ended up with a lot of consequences. I lost people’s respect and trust, relationships, jobs, and a sound mind. I almost lost my life a few times. These were samples of how God disciplined me. God wanted to attract my attention to bring me close to Him. Eventually I came to Him. He was so loving and forgiving.
After we meet the Lord, our free will experiences should change for the better. We begin to experiment in His will with His guidance. Hopefully, by adulthood, we will have met God, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; and we will mature in Him. Using our free will to experiment with Him will be our best experience.
Thank You Lord for the gift of free will. I know there are choices in my life that I should have never done; but You forgave me. You helped me learn from my mistakes. I pray that all the rest of my free choices will be in Your will. I also pray for others to use their free will for Your glory. In Jesus’ Holy name. Amen.
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