I had a thought today. Psalm 139 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible and the last part of verse 16 is one of my favorite verses. It says, "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." I've always loved that thought. Before I was born, God wrote the story of my life. He had it all planned out for me. One thing I never really understood, however, is how to reconcile that thought with the fact that God has also granted me free will to make choices in my life. The way I've always reconciled it was to think that God knew me so well He knew which choices I was going to make, so that's how He could write the story of my life before I even started to live. Today, however, I had another thought.
A nice while back I heard about these Choose Your Own Adventure books where the reading could determine what happened in the story by making choices along the way. Now, I have to admit that I have never really seen one of these books. What I've heard and read is that at certain points in the book the reader is asked to make a choice between a couple of ways that the story can proceed and, depending on the choice they make, to turn to certain pages in the book to continue. The choice they made would determine what happened in the story.
I have always been fascinated with the "if..then" statements in the Bible. Some great examples can be found in Deuteronomy 11:13-17. God sets before His people a couple of different paths they can take and tells them the results of each path, and the results are quite different, depending on the choice they make.
My thought today was that maybe when God wrote the story of my life, He wrote it like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. He gives me choices to make along the way. The choices I make determine how the story goes. But He doesn't leave me stumbling along not knowing which way to go. He provides direction, but it's up to me whether I follow His directions or not. That's doesn't mean that every path leads to the same ending. It doesn't. The ending is determined by the choices I make. I must choose carefully.