Google+ 06/01/13 Pain and Punishment

Deuteronomy 7:9-10

Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God.

He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations

And lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.

But he does not hesitate to punish and destroy those who reject him.

 

God’s love has been amazing forever.  The first five books of the Old Testament were written by Moses and are referred to as “The Law.”  We would be well advised to look at these books as exactly that, “The Law” of our lives.  Honestly, God has never had many rules.  The largest number of rules God ever showed us in the Bible was ten.  In the Garden of Eden, He only had one!  In the New Testament when quizzed on what was the greatest commandment, Jesus responded with the simple answer that we should love God and our neighbors.  This all seems pretty easy to me, so why do we Christians get so confused?  Our Scripture lesson tells us.  We must always understand that God is God indeed.  God keeps His promises and expects us to do the same.  God is timeless, so His love for us is the same as it was in Biblical days.  God’s love has no generational bounds.  It is the last line of our Scripture that we really don’t want to hear and often dismiss.  While God is in the “love” business, He also will punish and destroy those who continually reject Him.  So, let’s not reject Him!  It took me multiple college degrees to come up with that last sentence!!!  If we remember who God is, we will be less likely to reject His love and presence in our lives.  Often churches portray God as some sort of big teddy bear that is there for us to look at and cuddle.  God’s love can make us feel that secure, but God has multiple sides because He is the Almighty.  Like any good parent, there are times that because of God’s love for us, we must be disciplined and encouraged to turn from our evil ways.  That part of any parent’s job is not pleasant for either the parent or child, but necessary.  God needs to remind us of His authority when we often forget.  Today, we need to rediscover who God is in our lives.  Accept Him as the Alpha and Omega.  View Him as omnipotent.  When we do, His unfailing love will be lavished upon us, as it was upon our Biblical ancestors.  Without our acceptance of God’s love and the recognition of who God is, we can expect only two things, “Pain and Punishment.”