Yes, I know, Christ came down in human form, but you know what I am saying.
God is not us.
Only God truly has what we would call choice. True, when we are saved He gives us the ability and the faith to choose good, but it is only because He gives them to us that we ever have it. Only He has the Will to do of His own accord, and without help. He is not bound by the sin that entangles us and He is not bound by our limitations. He is Almighty, and He works His will in the way that He sees fit. What is more, God is the only Being in existence that can do things for Himself and His own reasons and not be called selfish.
The rest of us? Well, we have to look out for everyone else, and not ourselves.
What is more is that God is the only Being who truly has Glory, and can bring Glory to Himself without being called vain. We were to do this, it would be a mortal sin.
As One who truly has Glory, and who can truly bring Glory unto Himself, God does not allow Himself to be either defamed or mocked. Recall what Isaiah says in regards to the salvation of Israel:
"For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.
How can I let myself be defamed?
I will not yield my glory to another. "
How often we assume that salvation is for us. On a certain level, it is. It saves us from hell and death, and brings us into fellowship with God. To be honest though, and especially since this weekend, I am beginning to wonder if any Christian truly realizes how much the salvation plan is for the Glory of God.
Many of us have seen God move in very real ways. My father has had cancer twice, for example, but is alive and well and currently cancer free. What a temptation though, when a loved one who claims to be a Christian clings to sin, to think that their choice could somehow hamper the Almighty Hand of God. I have considered many times Israel wandering in the desert for 40 years. Many times they saw the miracles of God, and yet still questioned, challenged and refused to obey. How like Israel we can be. We have seen God's Hand many times, and yet in this one area in particular, is it not difficult to trust?
As though the rebellion of man could somehow affect God's Sovereign Will.
As though "choice" is some great be all and end all.
If you are one with a rebellious loved one, let the words of Isaiah be a comfort to you. As hard as it is, keep in mind that God is Sovereign. He works in ways we cannot see and does things according to His own timetable, to bring Glory to none but Himself.
To the rebel, God does not allow Himself to be defamed or mocked. You cannot claim to be a Christian, deliberately walk in contradiction to His Divine Will and expect to get off scott free. It may take some very serious "refining, but not as silver" to bring you back into line.
You can bow your knee now, or you can bow after death, but you will bow.