How many of us have ever been shopping at Walmart or the grocery store and observed the following?
Mom or Dad is shopping with a couple of kids in tow. As kids are prone to do, their eyes are drawn to things and they begin to ask if they can have them.
This goes on for a while, and each time they ask for something Mom or Dad says “no, you can’t have that”, or “no, not today”. Of course, kids will be kids, so naturally they ask “why not?”
Every. Single. Time.
After the umpteenth time, the exasperated parent finally lets out a forceful “because I said so, that’s why not”!
Now, I’m pretty sure that none of you or your children ever did such a thing (insert smile). Personally, I don’t remember doing this as a child either, but being the ornery kid I was, I probably did. Well, that and I probably knew what was waiting for me at home if I ever tried it (insert frown).
All children are inquisitive and want to get their hands on new things, even things they probably know they can’t or shouldn’t have. What they mostly want however, is to have their own way.
It’s a natural tendency to want what we want when we want it, and we want our way NOW. Humans have been this way from day one. It all goes back to that Adam and Eve debacle.
A lot of us are still like that as adults, aren’t we? As we grow older and begin working and taking on the adult responsibilities of life, we feel a certain sense of entitlement. After all, we are working hard and deserve to have a few nice things. Nothing wrong with that.
Looking at things from a spiritual perspective however is where this sense of ‘wanting to have it our way now’ can get us in trouble. That’s because in the eyes of our Heavenly Father, we are children that are in dire need of many things, and those things usually don’t include cars, boats, and the like.
What we do need however is spiritual nurturing, which encompasses a multitude of areas. These include teaching, encouraging, growth, care, support, and even discipline when necessary.
To be honest, many of us have gone through periods where we didn’t want any of those things. What we wanted was to live our life our own way, without any restrictions imposed upon us, with no strings attached.
Some of us have gone so far as to reject God altogether. We make a conscious decision not to believe in anything beyond our self. In doing so, we convince ourselves that we are absolved from any accountability to God, thus freeing our minds from any thought of right/wrong or the concept of yes/no.
We convince ourselves that we have found a winning formula. No God equals no Heaven and no Hell, nor any consequences for our decisions. This leaves us completely free to think and do as we please.
Cue the song “Imagine” by John Lennon.
Except that it isn’t that simple. Despite our formulas, our wishful thinking, or our melodic songs, God does, in fact, exist. He simply cannot be wished away.
Despite the scientific community’s best efforts to prove otherwise, we have been created in the image of God. As such, we possess the incredible power to choose and to make decisions, whether they be good or bad.
All of this means that no, we are not free to think and do as we please. At least not without having to deal with the consequences of our actions.
We can choose to not like this arrangement all we want. We can stubbornly decide to go our own way and do our own thing until we breathe our last breath. We can override our conscious and choose to reject the call of God and leave this life having never known Him.
What we cannot do, however, is escape Him. Our decisions and actions will be accounted for one day. His judgments are certain and final, and none will be exempt.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Choosing to ignore the clear teachings of Scripture about the coming judgment in order to have it your way is to commit spiritual suicide. It is the very act of throwing away your life on earth and ultimately damming your eternal soul to Hell. To my mind, that doesn’t sound like such a wise decision, but what matters is how do you feel about that?
Do these words sound harsh to you? Does all of this talk about judgement seem…well, judgmental? Are these words offensive to you? Would you rather not hear them?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you can take some small comfort in knowing that most people agree with you. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change a thing.
This great judgment day will render everyone equal. The wealthy, the poor, the white, the black, the privileged and the pauper, will all stand on the same level ground before God’s throne. And just in case someone wants to ask “why”, it’s because He said so!
On this great day every account will be settled. Every sin not under the blood of Jesus Christ will be made known. There will be no place to hide. Every joke and criticism ever made about the existence of God will be silenced. The atheist and agnostic will at long last be silenced. The lukewarm church goer who never accepted Christ’s sacrifice for their sins will be find no solace on that dreadful day.
And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
Committing our lives to Jesus Christ on this side of eternity ensures that when that great day of reckoning comes, we will be safe and secure in the promises of God that He will redeem us for all of eternity.
Because He said so!
Have a blessed day everyone!
 Revelation 20:12
 Revelation 16:7
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice”! Philippians 4:4 NKJV