At one point in time, all of us would have wondered why did God create the tree of knowledge in the center of the garden and forbid Adam and Eve from eating of its frits when he was sure they would break the rule?
The fact that God knew Adam and Eve would eat of the forbidden fruit is His foreknowledge and not pre-determination.
If we would not accept this fact, we can keep questioning everything. Why did God create Cain and Abel when he knew Abel would be killed? Why did God create the whole of mankind if he knew all of them except Noah’s family would be destroyed in flood?
If God would wilfully avoid any circumstance/incident that would lead us to sin, where is our act of obedience do God? The term obedience loses its significance.
But as you skim through the pages of the Bible, you would read of the blessings of God through the simple yet difficult act of obedience.
Abraham obeyed God and received great blessings. In fact, his obedience was accounted to him as righteousness. Noah created the ark in simple obedience to God’s word. He endured the mocking and scornful words of those around him. But at the end he received the blessing he had patiently waited for in complete obedience. While whole of the human race was destroyed, God protected and saved Noah and his family.
A small act of obedience carries with it a great sum of blessings!
Our God cannot tolerate disobedience in any form. Some people are involved in partial obedience to please God. No! God does not consider partial obedience. For God, that is as good as disobedience. Remember Saul’s partial obedience brought a great punishment on him. He killed everything as God commanded but spared the best of the animals and the king of Amalek. In fact, he even had reasons to justify his action. But what was God’s response?
1 Sam 15:22,23
‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord. Behold to obey is better than sacrifice and to heed that the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.’
God demands complete devotion and complete obedience.