Have you ever wondered why God didn't restrict Adam and Eve from obeying? I have. But one thing I remember from seminary was my professor, who said, "God didn't want robots. He wanted a relationship. If God forced Adam and Eve's obedience, that wouldn't have been love or a relationship."
He was exactly right. I can force my children to comply, but that does nothing for our relationship. I feel no satisfaction when obedience is out of obligation. I want a relationship and the obedience that flows from it.
Because God wanted a relationship, He gave them a choice. Because God wants a relationship, He gives you the same choice. What will you choose?
Reflect:What does free will have to do with the reality of evil? Why does freewill matter in our relationship with God? How does this strengthen your view of God?
Respond:It’s easy for us to attempt to control other people. But God gives us the ability to choose. How can you allow others’ choices to learn about God?