The question as to whether man has been predestined by God (chosen to be saved without any input on man’s part) or if man is saved by choosing God himself has raged for centuries. Book after book has been written on the subject promoting one side or another. And according to the greatest theological minds there doesn’t seem to be any other choices. Either you believe in predestination or you don’t. Doesn’t that seem a little strange? Man, being limited by a finite mind, goes to God who is infinite and says “Now God, you only have two choices, predestination or not.” That is either trying to bring God down to man’s level so that he can understand or raising himself up to God’s. And isn’t that what man has tried to do since Adam and Eve? The fact is that the wisdom of man and great intellectual, theological minds have, throughout history, made things extremely complicated when the Gospel is simple and understandable by all.

There are many verses that lend themselves to one side or another like, “Many are called but few are chosen”. Several years ago a rancher in New Mexico had need of a stallion for a small band of mares. He used the colts out of these mares for work on the ranch. He went to a neighbor who he knew had some young colts to pick from for his purpose. He really didn’t have any particulars in mind for choosing except, perhaps, the attitude of the colt (whether he was willing). As the two ranchers entered the small pasture containing about eight young stallions, half of them bolted and ran to the far end in an attempt to stay as far away as possible. Two more lingered somewhere in between and two stayed put. The two men meandered around the colts for a few minutes and finally one of the colts began to approach, curious as to what these two humans might want. The rancher needing the stallion didn’t need any more time, he chose the curious colt. When he came into the pasture he called them all, but chose the one that was willing.

Isn’t that how it is with predestination? The Lord predestined all to be saved but has chosen those who are willing. It’s the same with an earthly father. He can offer something to his son and whether the son accepts or not, does not take away from the sovereignty of the father. Oh, the beauty and simplicity of the Gospel! “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19).

Redeemed and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth He continually dwell . . . (Redeemed! How I Love to Proclaim It)