Tuesday, May 29, 2007

All I ask is that you not freak-out about this post in my comment box. If you don't agree, please just ponder it awhile... I like to think of this as grow-up stuff... a kind of spinach teaching...

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."... Romans 8:28

Since I was 13 (or so), I've heard this verse used like a blanket verse by lots of people. Sometimes what I'm hearing is, "Just remain clueless and keep doing whatever you want--everything will work together for good if you're a Christian."

I've known Christians who've smoked cigarettes for more than 50 years and when they came down with cancer or emphysema, other church people told them, "All things work together for good..."

And other Christians have chosen to live on fast-food or they just over-eat or eat the wrong foods and when they become obese or sick, they're comforted by well-meaning friends, "...all things work together for good...you're a Christian--everything will be all right."

Or I've watched other Christians set aside self-control and make wrong choices in purchases beyond what they can afford.... or wrong choices in a spouse... or they gave their hearts to someone outside of marriage and got divorced and/or pregnant... and in their misery they are patted on the hand and told, "...don't worry, don't be afraid.... all things work together for good to those who love God..."

I wonder.

I mean, what about the "called according to His purpose" part? Where does 'His purpose' come in in all of this?

Sowing seeds....Choices... Oh those choices we make! And the free will thing... and all the trouble we call down upon ourselves because we chose our own purpose, not His.

Sometimes everything does not work out just hunky dory, especially when God was right there crying, "Noooo! That path will only lead to heartache... trouble.... tears for a very, very long time..."

...and then still, we chose to go our own way.

God cannot bless disobedience. The older I get, the more aware I become of even my slightest disobediences... and I've stopped making excuses for them. No, I say, "I am sorry. You were right. You are always right." And I have to admit, I would be very disappointed in God if He did wink at them when I knew better all along, but pretended I didn't.

I'm glad He nags me to do better... to be better. I'm glad that--anymore--He doesn't let me get away with anything without there being consequences. I no longer expect Him to radically bless me while I give Him just a sloppy kind of obedience, sighing, "Oh well, it'll all work out for good." I'm grateful that I've learned that I can make irreparable damage by my words (with their power of life and death) and my actions... that I can procrastinate sharing with someone so long that they die first... that with great power comes great responsibility. I'd rather go through my life with my eyes open... and with God expecting me to live what He's spent years trying to teach me.

"For unto whom much is given, of him shall be much required...." ...Luke 12:48

"Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked [a]by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and [b]that only is what he will reap." ... Galations 6:7 (Amplified)

"What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?" Romans 6:15

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