Judges 6:10 And I said unto you, I AM the LORD your GOD, Fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. (KJV)
This fear not makes me want to crawl under a bed and hide! I tried to hide when I was in trouble as a little girl because I had failed to do what I was told to do–it didn’t work then to avoid “what was coming” and the LORD sees more than my Mamma with eyes in the back of her head and bionic ears that could hear a sarcastic under my breath grumble three rooms removed. Geez.
I AM is saying, “The gods of the Amorites are the LEAST of your worries when you disobey ME! I am a loving Father who disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:6).”
One God vs. many gods? No contest. Our God reigns. Whether He is fighting my battles for me or dishing out discipline. NOTICE: There is no anger here. Just. Cold. Hard. Facts. My people, my rules, my way. P-E-R-I-O-D. Not up for debate. He expects obedience. In His Word, He spells out the blessings for obedience and the repercussions of disobedience. (Deuteronomy 28) It is translated a curse in the King James Version. That seems a bit cold hearted to our politically, socially correct society, but it is the Word of a HOLY God. The love of a Father setting boundaries for His children. It is LOVE that says “no.” Not everything is in our best interest.
Consequences is a law of physics: For every action I choose there is a resulting reaction:
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Blessings, Rewards, Pleasures<<<<<<<<<
<<<<<<<<<<<Curses, Consequences, Repercussions<<<<<<<<<<<<
Like a boomerang! (Proverbs 26:27)
I NEED Him to fight for me. I desire His blessings. I owe Him my obedience. He is my Father God. He is my provider, healer, helper, comforter, friend, defender, and banner.
At my house it was always better if I just “fessed” up that I had chosen to do wrong. It rarely lessened the discipline I faced but at least it did not add to it with lies, cover ups, and more poor choices. So, if you will excuse me, I have some soul searching I need to do and see if I have any “fessing up” to do. I am sure I do: Yesterday was a tough day (burned a hand, car trouble, problem at work, silence from one I love, no answer to a prayer, fatigue, you fill in the blank, I know you have been there too). Sigh…………….can you tell as my friend Ellyn says, “I do not want to go around this mountain again!”
Treading a bit hard today,