Things Will go Wrong

Then they’ll know that I am the Lord. I didn’t declare this evil that’s intended for them without a reason.’” (Ezek 6:10 [ISV])

How could things go well with us even when we are stubborn and outright defiant to God and have willfully chosen the path of destruction. When things are wrong we need to trace back the cause and seek to correct that which went wrong. Much of sickness we face today is because of life style. We have indulged our ourselves in bad eating habits, do not care to follow simple health guidelines, we do not eat well or we overeat, we eat unhealthy foods, we drink wrong drinks etcetera; these are eventually a cause for our kidney failure, our blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and many other. It is easy to trace back the problem to a particular habit.

Sin is also like this. We chose to rebel against God our maker, and do as we please and expects life to go on well! When all good things are given to us by Him and our lives are good because of him, yet expect it to remain the same when we have chosen a different path? The logic would have it that; ‘let whoever the master of our lives is, provide the goods we desire in life’. We cannot expect one master to provide for us in all choices and in all circumstances. It is about loyalty. I have said this a few times in my other articles but it is worth repeating. Yes God is gracious but we have taken Him for granted.

When Adam sinned there had to be consequences for the sin committed. God did not excuse their disobedience; what makes us better than Adam? “Adam and Eve suffered the terrible consequences of disobeying the express command of God. They might have reasoned: This is a very small sin, and will never be taken into account. But God treated the matter as a fearful evil, and the woe of their transgression will be felt through all time.” –E.G. White (To be like Jesus p. 174)

Sin is simply disobedience to God. Knowing that God is the Creator, originator of life and that all exist through his command, that disobedience would only mean that we have a preferred god to the one that deserves our total obedience and loyalty. Such a step would spell doom for anyone. No wonder we read the following statement from Ellen White; “Age after age there has gone up from our earth a continual cry of mourning, and the whole creation groaneth and travaileth together in pain as a consequence of man’s disobedience. Heaven itself has felt the effects of his rebellion against God. Calvary stands as a memorial of the amazing sacrifice required to atone for the transgression of the divine law. Let us not regard sin as a trivial thing.” –{Steps to Christ p.33}

There is a solution to this problem and that is the wonderful truth about our Lord. We have an opportunity to reverse the effect of our actions by turning back to God. He will restore us to Him and turn our curse into blessings. “Even since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and haven’t kept them. Return to me and I’ll return to you,” says the Lord of the Heavenly Armies. “But you ask, ‘How will we return?’ (Mal 3:7 [ISV])

The coming in of sin unveiled God’s restoration plan; because of his love for us there had to be a way of returning, else we would be doomed eternally. Praise be to God!

The text for today has reminded us that things are happening or have happened to us because of our waywardness. Do not blame it to anyone or anywhere but ourselves because of bad choices.

I do pray that I will not stubbornly remain in sin while there is a way of restoration. I thank God for such a love.

By A. Eliamani

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