This week we went to visit friends, and their daughter Rhianna just couldn't wait to show us her favorite Christmas present. A new puppy, isn't he cute? She had been wanting this particular puppy for over a year! His name is Biscuit, and he is the most obedient dog I have ever seen! Upon command, he will sit, lay down, speak, beg, shake hands, and more. How many of you have guessed the secret to his amazing obedience yet? Well, he has no choice, he is programmed to obey. Because he is really a robot. He will pant, bark, and whimper as long as there is someone in the room. Wouldn't it be great if we were all programmed like that to obey God so we would never mess up? But something called free will keeps us from that. If we didn't have free will, we would be robots just like Biscuit. And God wants us to obey him because we want to, not because we have to. You can't force someone to love you. But please don't tell biscuit.
"I wait for your salvation, O Lord, and I follow your commands. I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you."