November 28, 2006

Don't Trifle With God!

One of the common challenges I face in trying to get people to see the wisdom of God in their life’s decisions is that the determining factor in “God’s will” is not the outcome of the situation. In other words, a seemingly positive outcome to a clearly sinful decision does not invalidate God’s will.

How many times have I heard the justification for sin running something like this: “But I’ve never be happier.” “But ‘God’ has so blessed me in this job…” “But the loan went through when it looked like we didn’t have a chance.” “I am so at peace with my decision…”

Well sportsfans, “blessings” don’t necessarily issue from God; remember Paul’s words to the Corinthians; “Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light!”

There’s a great example found in Jeremiah 44. The people had been worshipping an idol called “The Queen of Heaven.” Jeremiah had come to them with a clear message from the Lord telling them to stop worshipping this false god. Here is their response.

“We will do whatever we want… For in those days we had plenty to eat, and we were well off and had no troubles! But ever since we quit burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and stopped worshiping her with liquid offerings, we have been in great trouble and have been dying from war and famine."

What was their bottom line? It wasn’t the revealed will of God, it was the “whatever works” factor. They were comfortable under the worship of this idol so it didn’t matter what God Almighty wanted.

The problem is, Satan may “bless” them for a while to suck them toward him and away from the Lord and God even allows that, but God will have His say sooner or later.

The passage continues:
“It was because the LORD could no longer bear all the disgusting things you were doing that he made your land an object of cursing... All these terrible things happened to you because…you have refused to obey him and have not followed his instructions, his decrees, and his laws."

God is merciful patient and kind, but He is not one to be trifled with and He is God and his standards do not change. Which means, we had better.


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