Maybe we will all understand.
Maybe we will turn away from our next bad choice and turn back to him.
This is what God wants for us. This is what God wanted for the people of Judah when he had Baruch write down all of the words he had given to Jeremiah. “Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin.”
God wants to forgive us.
He wants us to know him
– to feel his love.
– experience his peace.
– live in his joy.
– rely on his strength for each day.
– and anticipate all of the good things he has planned for us tomorrow.
God wants all of this to happen in our lives. That’s why he had his wisdom and guidance for us written down in the Bible.
I believe that God does not ‘inflicts disaster’ on those that have put their faith in Jesus. But God does let us pay the consequences for our bad decisions hoping that we will learn to turn away from bad behavior. He also lets us experience the negative things that happen from living in a broken, sin-filled world. It’s a great reminder that this is not our home. God walks beside us through all of our negative consequences and situations, loving us, teaching us and helping us mature in our faith.
As my Bible lies open on my lap with my mind actively seeking God, his truth is soaking into my soul, changing me, renewing me. He is helping me make make better choices. He is guiding me through the mess and the lies of the culture around me. His Spirit is alive inside of me, filling the ‘God spot’ within my soul and making me whole.
God hoped that the people of Judah would understand. Maybe this would help them decide to turn away from their sin and turn back to him.
God wants this same thing to happen today.
For you and I.
As we read and respond to his Word.
Please open our eyes, Abba Father.