2 Kings 21: 7-9 …the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. But they hearkened not…
I hear parents all the time telling their children, “If you will be good in the store when we get ready to leave, I will buy you something, but if you are not good you will be sorry when we get home.” What the child has just been told is, if you will obey me and be good, I will reward you, if you disobey and are bad, then I will punish you. No middle ground. There is no promise of “I will give you a partial reward for some sort of partially good behavior, or you may receive a partial punishment for a partial bad behavior.” There is no half-good option. It is either good or bad.
That is exactly what God told the children of Israel. Obey my way of life and rewards will come your way. Disobey the ways of God and there is a price to pay. Whether we like it or not, things are much the same today. I am glad we live in a day of grace, but grace cannot be used as an excuse to live in sin. If we will live for the Lord and be obedient, there are rewards in this life, and the eternal life to come. If we choose to live in sin and for our self, there is a price to pay. It is either good or bad.
God has never forced us to be obedient but has always desired it. Obedience is not simply an opportunity for God to see if you can follow all the rules. Obedience to God’s Word brings about the best life. He did not place the laws in the Bible to hinder people. They are there to help them know how to live and enjoy life to its fullest. So, what will you do with your life? Live it or lose it? The choice is yours.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Kings 20, 21 / Psalm 31 / Proverbs 3 / Mark 11
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 35-38 / Acts 25
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director