As a leader and mentor, you often see deficiencies in people that they cannot see themselves. One of the great joys of ministry, is helping someone grow in their walk with the Lord, and overcome some of these deficiencies and shortcomings. Sometimes despite my best effort people make poor decisions. I cannot live their life, and they ultimately have to make the choice. It is sad when people make bad decisions that lead them away from the Lord, church, and God’s people.
God is not a mentor, no, He is Jehovah and knows everything. I wonder if He ever looks at His children, knowing they are about to make a blunder, and aches knowing we could have…?
God is all knowing and sovereign. This does not remove man’s free will, but it does help us understand that nothing takes God by surprise. He is not bound in time and doesn’t abide by the same limitations and laws we do. How could He, He made them? He made the laws of nature, and thus rules above them supreme.
It may disturb me thinking someone is about to make a wrong choice, but it must grieve the heart of God knowing His child is headed for disaster.
The children of Israel were destined for such greatness. They were going to be the beacon that would shine the glory of God to mankind. They had everything, and yet God clearly explains to Moses that failure is in their future. It wasn’t right away, but eventually Israel would ignore every warning of God and be forced out of the land.
By 722 BC, the northern tribes were exiled, and Judah followed in 586 BC. God was longsuffering and patient and gave them every opportunity to get right with Him. Unfortunately, they rejected these warnings, prophets, and promises. Instead they went hard after their selfish sinful ways and false gods, ultimately leading to the fulfillment of the promise God gave Moses…” They will break my covenant which I have made with them. Then y anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them…”
In the midst of this dark foretelling, a promise is made that God will redeem them, bring them back, and be their God again. The beauty of God being willing to take a stubborn and rebellious people back shows His great mercy and grace. While a curse is being predicted, and promise of restitution is being laid.
I have made some major boneheaded mistakes in my life. Sometimes I look at my testimony and wonder, “why would God love me… there is nothing loveable about me.” I have failed Him over and over again… sometimes in major ways. Where my sin abounds, I simply have to remember that God’s grace abounds more! He loves me and no matter how much I mess up, He is my Father. This love constrains me, it compels me to love Him more, deeper, and richer.
Will you today make the choice to come back to God? You may have wandered away like the prodigal son, but He will take you back. See your sin and shortcomings for what they are in Christ, gone. Find completeness in his grace. God knows you SO WELL, and He still loves you.
As a parent, I look at my children and am overwhelmed with love. I don’t always like what they do, but I could never hurt them, disown them, or offend them. If I as an earthly father know how to give good gifts… You can be assured your Heavenly Father knows how to give Great Gifts. He loves you, never forget that.
Daily Scripture Reading
Deuteronomy 30 - 31
“If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.”