“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.
O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!”
What’s wrong with pursuing my career with all my heart, soul, and might instead of pursuing God with all my heart, soul, and might?
What’s so wrong with lust? It doesn’t hurt anyone.
Why does God even care about greed? Who’s it really hurting?
Why does God make such a big deal about sin? What’s the big deal with sin? As long as I am not killing someone or hurting someone, why should God care?
Why should God care? Hmmm.
There are multiple reasons why God cares so much about sin:
- Sin destroys. Sin kills. Sin separates us from God’s will.
- Because God wants to bless us. But sin makes God’s blessings impossible.
- Sin is an abhorrence to God because it goes against everything God stands for.
We are badly mistaken when we think the punishment and the impact of sin begins at the final judgment. The punishment for sin begins the moment we sin. All the consequences of sin – the addictions, broken relationships, all the destruction, broken lives – this is where the punishment begins.
But punishment for sin doesn’t end there. Punishment becomes eternal as sin leads to eternal separation from God and to eternal damnation.
Why should God care about sin? Perhaps the question we ought to be asking is why don’t we take sin more seriously?
Boy, this reflection is a downer!
It can seem that way. But look at God’s heart: “O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!” (Psalms 81:13). God wants to bless us. God wants to shower his love and grace upon us. The pathway to God’s blessing is walking in his ways.
God wants us to live in his shalom, his peace. God absolutely loves us. God wants only what is best for us. God knows what is best for us even better than we do.
Listen to him.
Walk in his ways.