“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”
A popular question people ask me when I talk about purpose is, Pharaoh! I’m often asked what choice Pharaoh had since it was God who hardened his heart against God. And that is a very important question, because there are a lot of people out there today who believe God made Pharaoh that way and therefore could make them follow a particular path that they do not want to follow.
“How does this apply to the every day person? After all, I’m not Pharaoh.”
Good point! This is how it affects all of us. If God could harden a man to do things against the man’s will, even damnable things, what stops God from doing the same to you and I? Do you see where I’m going? What if you’re the next Hitler or the next Abacha? How could you stop it and change course?
People are already asking these sorts of questions.
“What if I was destined to be poor and can do nothing about it, just like my father and his father before him?”
In the same vein, some are asking, “What if I was made a homosexual by God and fighting it is just fighting His will?”