Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live”
I have not met anyone who when asked if they had a choice of whether they would receive blessing or be cursed, would choose the latter.
The choices we make in life are not always made evident with where the conclusion leads. If I were sharing the hope of Christ with a person who is apathetic, they usually would respond with “I don’t care”. No amount of reasoning or hope given is adequate to the one who is dead to everything and has lost all hope in life. It’s not until someone has a little extra incentive that you begin to see apathy changed into motivation.
When my children were young, they were always so sweet and obedient, every time I asked them to do something they responded with a gentle compliance and joyful exuberance that made my heart alight…then I woke up from my dream and reality had once again become evident.
On the contrary, my kids usually needed a little extra motivation to get them moving in a direction they didn’t want to go. Punishment is not pleasant but is necessary for correction and instruction.
Romans 13:2 “Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”
We don’t always get what we want when it comes to our Father, but we always get what we need…..this is love personified. Whether it is God’s blessing He gives or being cursed for our defiance, the Lord moves in love. He isn’t emotionally driven by whether He is having a good day or not, His love is perfect and likewise HIs response in every situation is perfect.
We should be comforted in knowing we don’t need to second guess the Lord, we simply need to focus on our response in accordance with the direction He is leading.
Psalm 53:1 “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none who does good.”
One of the most troubling trends in 21st century America is the rise of apathy. Hidden under the guise of atheism and celebrated in universities and liberal institutions is the trend of post-modern thinking that truth is relative. This ideology has its roots in neo-darwinism that professes an allegiance to a world philosophy devoid of God and focuses on a foundation of chance.
God has made Himself perfectly clear to this world and the embrace of a theory that has never been proven is an attempt at reconciling a world view that hopes there is no recourse for sin.
Psalm 74:18 “Remember how the enemy has mocked You, O LORD, how a foolish people has spurned Your name.”
The justice of God is clearly defined by HIs law and all who have forsaken it will be held accountable to this standard. No amount of reasoning, feigned intelligence, or philosophical gibberish will hold sway when the day of reckoning comes.
How do you know where you stand now so that you won’t be surprised later?
The Surety of Grace
Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
There are many things in life that will let you down, essentially anything that mankind has his hands in is not perfectly reliable.
God’s grace is a done deal.
Jesus has already fulfilled the requirements of the law and paid the redemption price, all we have to do is accept His free will offering of love and follow Him.
Blessing is reserved for those who accept this measure of Grace.
Cursing is reserved for those who have rejected Christ’s love exemplified.
The beauty of God’s love is that you are given a choice. It seems obvious to me but incredulously many don’t want to accept the hope that He has provided. There is still time, if you’re reading this you have been allotted more time to decide where your life goes from here…I hope you choose righteously.