Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
So ends the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. The author was faced with two divergent paths and forced to make a choice. It’s well known and quoted, probably because we can all relate. We regularly face similar decisions where we must choose one thing or another.
Knowing the final outcome of your choice can make a huge difference in the choosing. If you knew one path led to destruction, and one to life, how difficult really would the decision be? Of course you would choose the least painful path, the one that led to blessings instead of ruin.
So why did God, who does know the outcome of all choices, create us with free will? Certainly He knew from the moment He decided to create the heavens and the earth, that we would choose disobedience. He knew from the moment of creation that He would have to sacrifice His only Son because of our choices.
But even knowing this, still He chose to create us and give us free will to choose obedience or disobedience. Why? Maybe it was because of the depth of His love for us:
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Why did God plan long ago to knit you together in your mother’s womb, even knowing your sinfulness would demand His Son’s sacrifice? Because He loves you. He loved you so much that He created you, knowing full well the cost He would have to pay to be with you. He loves you more than anything else in all creation, and gave His only Son to be with you. Now that’s love.