For Your Good
In many ways, when we look at the commandments of God, we tend to develop a negative attitude. This has been the experience in my life, but also in the lives of many people. This you see more clearly if you talk about it. Though it is clear that to be in relationship with a non-believer is against the Lord, many people are against, or not willing to live with that. It is something sour to swallow. So what must be our attitude towards the commandments of God, especially the one of relationship? If we are to answer this question, we need to listen to what God says of this commandment. Listen then, to what the word of God says:-
“But am I the one they are provoking?” declares the Lord. “Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?” (Jer. 7:19).
Is it not amazing how God puts this before our eyes? Think about it, my brother or sister, to disobey God is to do harm to yourself. As much as we express our love to God by obeying His commandments, God expresses His love to us by giving us His commandments. He knows this life very well, He created it, so He well knows better than we the way we should live it. He is always concerned about us as His children. This calls us to trust God with our lives. However, this is one of the difficult things in the Christian life, to trust God fully with your life.
“Your wickedness will punish (correct) you, your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God…” (Jer. 2:19)
Yes, you will be corrected by your wickedness and that will not be a good experience. God always protects us by giving us commandments, and we are well assured of His love.
Bro Gift Lungu (Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe)