You Can Go Your Own Way

When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing on himself and therefore thinks, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way.” This will bring disaster…

(Dt 29:19)

We make a tragic mistake when we think we are an exception to God’s laws. Perhaps because we have experienced God’s grace and not suffered immediately for our sin, we tell ourselves that the boundaries He has set are elastic. Have we forgotten the principle that God will not be mocked? (Gal. 6.7)

The grace of God is more than amazing

The grace of God is more than amazing, it is illogical. There is no logical reason for God to send His Son as a sacrifice so that He may show grace to fallen mankind. Yet He has. How is it that the infinite, all-powerful Creator, Who alone is holy, would love us? Yet He does. While forever in awe of His love and grace, we must remember that only He is holy.

The grace of God does not diminish His holiness. He is just as righteous now as He was when He gave His commandments amid the lightning and thunder in the dark cloud on Sinai. (Exodus 19:16-25) He is as holy now as He was when the earth opened and swallowed those who rebelled. (Numbers 16) He is every bit as pure now as He was when Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead after lying to the Holy Spirit. (Acts 5:1-11) The fact He does not immediately judge us for our wickedness does not mean He won’t. One may foolishly play on railroad tracks for hours, perhaps days, without a speeding freight train rushing upon them, but that doesn’t mean it is not on its way.

God is merciful and patient, but He is not indulgent. He is not like the grandparent who gives repeated warnings only to give in to the misbehaving grandchild.

We are choosing to forget that He promises to discipline His own

When we begin to think, “Where is His judgment? Why hasn’t He disciplined even though I have repeatedly disobeyed Him?” We are choosing to forget that He promises to discipline His own. As Peter said, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2Peter 3:9)

A lack of holy reverence or fear of God is a dangerous thing. A zookeeper may become so familiar with the mighty lion that after years of feeding the lion he may give it a nickname. But, it would be a fatal error for the zookeeper to forget the lion is still a lion.

The price of His great grace was the sacrifice of His Son

God’s grace staggers the imagination. No one could take their next breath without His grace. In this life we cannot go a moment without needing His grace. The price of His great grace was the sacrifice of His Son. We will never be able to comprehend such love.

Our response to such grace should be praise and thanksgiving from a humble heart totally dependent on His mercy. A life that appreciates His grace seeks to please Him, knowing that each moment of freedom came at a horrifying price. To presume His grace grants us the freedom to go our own way shows a total misunderstanding of grace.

Let us live in awe of God’s grace and aware of the price He paid

As Easter approaches and we prepare to celebrate the defeat of death by the Lord Jesus Christ, let us live in awe of God’s grace and aware of the price He paid to provide it.

Only by His grace,

2 Comments on You Can Go Your Own Way

  1. My son and I were just talking about these things. He was talking about how people disregard the Old Testmanent, thinking that it was done away with once Jesus came into the picture. But learning the character of God is just one example of how untrue that is. He is a holy God and He hates sin as much now as then.

    We were also discussing our own sins and how God disciplines those He loves. That discipline when we do wrong and the convictions the Holy Spirit provide are all just further proof of who our Father truly is.

    Thank you for this timely message, pastor!

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