“Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do His commandments and His statutes, which I command thee this day…” (Deut. 27:10).
Obedience has been a key topic of discussion with us for several weeks. This is linked heavily to the consequences for the choices we each make in life. When we approach the Word of God, we love to be taught about the blessings which are associated with our relationship with God. Conversely, we move away from the consequences for our disobedience because we do not like to address the holy nature of God’s character, which He requires of us as well.
We cannot represent someone’s interests to others if our understanding of the individual and our actions are not in alignment. The individual we represent has expectations and standards that we must uphold. Otherwise, we are unfit to represent them. If we have elected to become this person’s ambassador to others, then as we accept the reward system in place, we must (in similar manner) be willing to accept the disciplinary measures which correspond with our actions.
In understanding this, we know that God is fair and He is just in meting out His blessing and punishment. We also know that we cannot accept one from His hand without being willing to accept the other. As a Father, He gently guides us to making the right decisions; however, as our Father, He has obligated Himself to provide correction to us when we need it. He does not render correction because He enjoys doing so. He does it because He enjoys extending His goodness to each of His children.
Even in the midst of meting out correction, He is still being a good Father to us because He could easily extend His wrath to us and we would be consumed. But as the Prophet Jeremiah says,
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23).
In remembering this, we should accept His correction as a demonstration of His great love for us and His desire to continue in unfeigned, unbroken relationship with us.
In spite of all of this, we can avoid the correction and consequences associated with it by doing one thing: being obedient to what He asks of us. Blessings and curses…these are the only outcomes for the choices we make. God wants us to choose life and blessing…which will you choose (Deut. 30:15-20)?