You Thought That I Was Just Like You
You Thought That I Was Just Like You
Rightly — or wrongly — we take cues from what is happening in our lives. If everything is going well for us, we think that God Almighty approves of us. Criminals are greatly emboldened in their evils, when they get away with it. Little children will repeat the bad behavior they are allowed to exhibit. Even our dogs will act out badly when they are habitually allowed to have bad behavior.
Sin is a part of our nature. We naturally want things that are not good or right for us in God’s eyes. We like pleasures, an easy life, riches, and honors — even when they have not been obtained honestly or with God’s approval.
Most sadly, this even takes place within the church. There are false church leaders of all sorts, who make themselves into religious leaders, blatantly sinning against God’s word, imagining that God doesn’t know the difference, and not fearing God’s coming judgment. Things haven’t changed over thousands of years. Psalm 50, by Asaph, tells about it in verses 16-23,
But to the wicked God says,
“What right have you to tell of My statutes,
And to take My covenant in your mouth?
For you hate discipline,
And you cast My words behind you.
When you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
And you associate with adulterers.
You let your mouth loose in evil,
And your tongue frames deceit.
You sit and speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother’s son.
These things you have done, and I kept silence;
You thought that I was just like you.
I will reprove you, and state the case in order before your eyes.
Now consider this, you who forget God,
Lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver,
He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who orders his way aright
I shall show the salvation of God.”
Asaph identifies these people as those who “tell” of God’s “statutes” and “covenant”. They are the religious people of the day, who hate “discipline” and “cast” God’s words behind them. They despise God’s word. Not fearing or believing in God’s judgment, they boldly slander, deceive, and commit whatever sins please them.
So, God points out their foolishness — “You thought that I was just like you.” Our sins are not okay with God. Judgment is coming when God will “reprove” all who reject His word to us. We need to take all of God’s word seriously and reverently. When we do, we will honestly offer “a sacrifice of thanksgiving” — real, heartfelt thanksgiving — that will honor God — i.e., we will be mighty thankful for God’s patient love.
And, we will gladly order our “way aright”. We’ll gratefully knock off our foolish sins and start honoring and loving God’s righteous ways. When we turn to God and trust His word, He will “show the salvation of God” to us. Then we’ll understand the awesome gift of “salvation”.
Then we will know the joy of God’s ways and say, “Hallelujah! LORD, thank You for Your loving forgiveness that transcends all human understanding.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.