We are naturally most comfortable with a god of puppies and rainbows and smiles and celebration – but we have less real interest in a God that is righteous and holy and pure. We are more interested in taking and leaving truth as we see fit, trying to form an idea of our own personal god as something that is more comfortably familiar to ourselves and our ways. What a twist of the enemy, to explain away the beauty of Grace by offering an empty, powerless “heaven ticket redeemable at death” instead of “a new, born again life transformed and renewed to walk with Christ alive in you today” – to offer the half truth of “freedom from the consequences of sin” instead of revealing the whole truth of “freedom to overcome sin in our life and walk in the Spirit not in the flesh”. But since the beginning, many have been more interested in seeing themselves as gods rather than yielding to the one true God.
“Come, let us return to the Lord . He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence. Oh, that we might know the Lord ! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”
“O Israel and Judah, what should I do with you?” asks the Lord . “For your love vanishes like the morning mist and disappears like dew in the sunlight. I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces— to slaughter you with my words, with judgments as inescapable as light. I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. But like Adam, you broke my covenant and betrayed my trust.
“Gilead is a city of sinners, tracked with footprints of blood. Priests form bands of robbers, waiting in ambush for their victims. They murder travelers along the road to Shechem and practice every kind of sin. Yes, I have seen something horrible in Ephraim and Israel: My people are defiled by prostituting themselves with other gods!
“O Judah, a harvest of punishment is also waiting for you, though I wanted to restore the fortunes of my people.
Hosea 6:1-11 NLT
Don’t we know that the Lord chastens the child that He loves? (Hebrews 12:6, Proverbs 3:12, Revelation 3:19)
Don’t we know that the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, and righteousness, and judgement? (John 16:8)
So if we are actively living in sin and aren’t convicted about it, shouldn’t that bring about some kind of fear of God? Some kind of wisdom and understanding of the state and destination and preparation of our souls? Shouldn’t it shine light on our blindness, nakedness, and need for belief in our hearts, not just our words or thoughts?
Lord, help us to see you as you are so that we will be convicted to lay down those things in our lives that do not bring you glory and honor. Help us to believe in our hears and to know you and love you. We have broken your trust, we have fallen short, but we trust in your promises, we confess with our mouths that you are our Lord and Savior, we believe in our hearts that you are our adopted heavenly Father, we serve you and love you with the living testimony of the sacrifice of our old flesh nature and desires – replaced by the annointing and overflow of your Holy Spirit that lives in us. You are the only way, the only truth, and the only life – and we come to the Father through you who have led us back home through the narrow gate and along the narrow path. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, God. Amen.