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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

August 14: What You’ll Get


NOTE TO SELF: God doesn’t force Himself on us. He’s not going to have heated debates with you, or me, or anyone else for that matter on how to live our lives. God already made it perfectly clear what’s right from wrong, and then it ultimately became our choice on how we would apply those things in our lives.

Romans is one of my favorite books in the Bible. I’m not a fan of it in any other version, though, outside of The Message, which truly lays it all on the line!

Paul tells the story of debauchery that is so obscene that God just wipes His hands clean of the whole thing: “If that’s what they want, that’s what they’ll get.” God doesn’t want to see it happen, but if God is God, then He has to let it go and not interfere. He’s not going to bellow down at us, ranting and raving at all the lunatic things we do. He simply says, “I’m wiping my hands clean of this behavior. They know the real God. They know me, and they have a choice. Me, or a life of pleasure that leads to misery. But I’ll be here waiting for them when they realize how bad for the soul it truly is.”

So when people confront us on this issue of a world gone mad and, “Where’s God” in this or that, scriptures tell us point blank, this is NOT God’s fault, but our own. What we wanted is what we got!

However, the good news is that God doesn’t finish it there! Halleluiah!! We may get what we want, but eventually we realize it was never really what we wanted at all. It just looked good and felt good at the time. But all that fades into the darkness. And God is waiting for us there. Eager to redeem us and make us whole again. Eager to rip us out of that life of sin when we are ready to surrender our lives to Christ.

So if this scripture is accurate—and it is—then we can get what we want. We just have to determine if it’s sin, or if it’s God. I’m choosing God.

PRAYER: Father, we once lived our whole lives for what felt good, and we got what we wanted and it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. We ached, and we groaned, and we eventually cried out to You, Lord Jesus! And when we were truly ready to receive salvation, You gave us exactly what we wanted. Thank You, Lord! Amen.

JOURNAL: Have you ever wanted something so badly that when you finally got it, it was nothing as you had hoped it would be? Write about that experience.

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