Saturday, January 15, 2011

For Your Good

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good?" -Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (ESV)

I've often heard the question asked... "If God loves us so much, why doesn't he just save us from ourselves? Why does he allow us to get into situations that he sees as sinful?" Good questions. And I believe a good answer is to look, in His Word, how many times He "has" provided a way for us to flee from sin; to chase after righteousness. The "freed" Israelites were a "stubborn people". Like us today, their present troubles caused them to forget all about their former enslavement. They crafted other "gods" ...themselves as one!

What if we stop blaming God for our own mistakes, trespasses, and sins against Him and others? Just take responsibility for our own actions ....and then seek His forgiveness, through sincere repentance? Or are we just too proud (stubborn) to do that?

Trust in God's plan and obey what He says. He commands it! Let's live our lives for His glory ...and our benefit! Besides ...don't miss what He said. It is "for your good".