June 18th, 2017
Psalm 81:10-12 (KJB) I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. 11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. 12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
Anyone who has ever been a parent can relate to being ignored by his child.
These verses begin with God beseeching the Israelites to open up wide and take all that He had to offer them. God desired to fill the Israelites with many blessings. However, they turned away from God and followed their own direction and desires.
God only had one choice. That was to leave the Israelites to the high cost of the consequences of their disobedience.
If you are a parent you can relate with this. When your child chose to deliberately disobey what you asked them to do you did not always choose to run in and “save” them from certain untoward consequences. If little Johnny climbed on the chair to reach something on the table and the chair falls out from under him, Johnny would have to explain his mishap and live with the consequences of breaking his arm in the fall.
God sometimes chooses to allow situations and consequences in our lives. Sometimes people learn life altering lessons from facing untoward circumstances.
God desires that mankind will open his ears to listen and obey. When man chooses not to, like little Johnny, God uses his disobedience for teaching valuable lessons. The cost of choosing to follow sin, rather than the way of God, always has pricey and pointed consequences.