The day of the Lord is near for all nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you;
your deeds will return upon your own head.
Obadiah 1: 15, NIV
This is a doozies. When you look at your screw-ups of the past, does it make you squirm? Do you repeat the same sins over and over again? I’m ashamed to admit that I do. In the above verse we learn that what we did in our past, will be judged by the Lord. Wow.
It makes me wish I could go back and have a redo on a good part of my life. What about you?
Our sins are always forgiven
All throughout the Bible God assures us that all our faults and sins will be forgiven. But sometimes it gives us humans a reason to do what we want even if we know it’s not what would please our Heavenly Father. So why do we still do it? Why do we have to ask our Father to forgive us over and over again?
I’m not saying I don’t do the same thing, but with this passage, it reads like although we are forgiven, it’s what we do after the forgiveness that counts. Do we continue to mess up even when we have that sick feeling in our gut telling us it’s wrong? That nauseated feeling is God talking to us. In the Bible, He tells us many times how we can live the life that will allow Him to reap the rewards in our lives.
I’m not talking about the things that happen in life that we don’t control. Those things can’t be helped, although our reaction to it can. For now, I’m talking about how we can avoid God’s disapproval.
We act before we think
Do you remember when you would do something wrong and you’d get that scowl from your parents? But even before we saw their disapproval and disappointment in their eyes our compass told us the reaction we would get. We still tested them. Was it worth it? Because whatever fun we may have had disappears the minute we can’t escape the stomach ache that would follow. Instead, we are left with an unsatisfied let down that haunts us for days.
When we let our Heavenly Father down, we’ll get the same reaction. We know when we are sinning. We have a sense of wrong, but we push it away.
So why do we do it?
Are we weak? Are we spoiled? What outcome are we looking for?
Sometimes it does happen before we have time to judge our actions, but for the most part, we know.
So stop. Take a good long look at what you are about to do and then ask why? What are you hoping to get from it? Then pray. Pray that God will help you through the discomfort.
We hear the story of Jesus resurrection each Easter. In that story, we hear about how Jesus called out to God to help him through his suffering.
We can do the same. Call out to God and ask Him for His help. There is nothing wrong with that. He doesn’t expect us to be strong and go it alone. He has never asked us to do it alone.Call out to God and ask Him for His help. He doesn't expect us to be strong and go it alone. He has never asked us to do it alone. Click To Tweet
Then wait for his answer. If you do this and you listen to what his answer is; your deed will be returned to you tenfold.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be standing in front of him seeing the disapproval and disappointment on His face. I’d rather see pleasure. Wouldn’t you?