In a conversation with a non-Seventh-day Adventist gentleman he expressed the view that God cannot read our minds, and therefore does not know what choices we'll make in the future; in other words, He's not omniscient. He felt that if God had this capability He would therefore be culpable for everything that's happening in the world today. ‘Plus,’ he lectured, ‘the Bible wouldn’t say that He “repented.”’
In view of the above argument God would therefore have to take responsibility for Jeroboam's desperate political ploy, and could actually be seen as a pathetic deity who operates by trial and error. And what a major error in judgement Jeroboam would turn out to be!
We can rest assured that our God is omniscient, "Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely." Ps 139:4 (TNIV). He's also a God of love (1 John 4:7). Love demands freedom of choice. Now a choice only exists when there are at least two options. In this case it is the choice between good and evil; life and death; God and Satan.
Left to the Devil, we would have no option but to do evil and share his fate in hell. But God, the just One, always ensures that we have a choice. Jeroboam used his power of choice to cast support for the Devil. This in no way implicates God, but instead ratifies the fact that He is "holy, and just, and good." Rom. 7:12. He ensures that whatever happens to us ultimately is determined by our own choices.
Instead of blaming God for my freedom of choice, I want to thank Him for it, because with it I am not locked into a destiny of doom with the Devil. Whatever situation I may be in today, I can choose to get out - that's the great provision of God's Grace! Praise the Lord!
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