Some say that God never tells us to choose the right thing, because He knows He hasn’t given us a free will. But how about
“choose this day whom you will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord … you are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD for yourselves, to serve Him.” (Joshua 24:15,22) ?
Some teach us that it is impossible for us to obey the commandments of God. It might be impossible without first recognising one’s dependence on God for the ability to obey, but what do we make of this:
“For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off … See I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgements, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. …. 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 descendents may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days.”Â (Deuteronomy 30:11,15,16, 19,20) Â ?
If God could speak words like that to His people, who did NOT have the Holy Spirit available to them as we do in Christ, does He really expect LESS of us, who have the Holy Spirit, better promises, more freedom and more knowledge than those Israelites could ever have had?
And if he expects more of us, surely He has given us the power in Christ to cling to Him and to obey His voice.
I don’t think there is a moment when God is not willing to give His people the power to shun sin. In fact, the Bible says that “with every temptation He has also made a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). God says his commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3).
But what do we say?