“Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law. Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.” Then Shekaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel.” Ezra 10:2-4
Why do we not take the Lord’s word or laws seriously? Why do we keep turning to the world and think we are finding pleasure in something that very obviously in the end we know we will be miserable and begging for God’s forgiveness or healing touch?
It’s like a child who keeps doing wrong and you keep disciplining them or do all you can to get them straight but they won’t so you have to walk away. When they realize you’ve walked away or they hit another snag and come running and begging for forgiveness. How many time do you forgive? How many chances do you give? How many chances do you think the Lord is going to give? Yes He is all powerful, loving and forgiving but when will He finally say enough is enough and leave you there?
In the Old Testament we see Him have those moments and destroy groups of people for all they did, such as Sodom and Gomorrah. Then he sent Jesus and sacrificed on a cross for ALL our sins. But does His sacrifice give us the right to go on sinning?
I am watching a local murder trial right now and this wife had her lover kill her husband. The lover was just this kid (early 20s) when he did it, same age as my oldest, and he grew up in this good christian home and he talks about his belief in God and Christ. During the phone conversations they are playing in court he and the woman are praying for one another and at some point actually praying TO GOD that they don’t get caught and that their words are what they need to be to hide the act from the police. The kid even went so far as to compare himself to David and their story to that of David, Uriah and Bathsheba. (2 Samuel 11) But what happens to this kid now? He committed adultery and he murdered someone. 2 of the 10 commandments (Deuteronomy 5:17&18) broken right there. I would like to believe that he is still forgiven and that he will be ok but if that is the case where does God draw the line???
I know that I couldn’t be more grateful for what Jesus did for me on that cross. I don’t want to gamble as so many people seem to do when it comes to this forgiveness game. I don’t’ want to wonder how much is too much before He says no more. Looking at that statement, though, now makes me think ‘hey wait if I am questioning how much I can push God or How far can I sin before He give up on me, isn’t that a form of disrespect?’ Like a child who could care less what you say or how much you discipline them they are still going to push you and do what they want and ignore what your rules are. Isn’t that just showing that I really don’t care what He says, thinks or feels? I mean seriously??????? If I really respected my Lord, my creator, wouldn’t I care more about what He thinks? Wouldn’t I be striving to please Him? If I truly gave my life to Him then i need to leave the disrespect and petty childish behavior behind me. I need to and I will give my all to Him and only Him.
Lord, forgive us for our childish petty ways. You can see that deep in my heart I love you and I am serious about this walk with you that I have embarked on. May I keep focused on you and walk away from intentional sinning. I know none are perfect except for Jesus Christ and that I will stumble but I will not do it on purpose or with malice. You are my one and only and I live my life for you. Thank you for everything that you have done, are doing and will do in my life. AMEN