Friday, November 29, 2013
I am not sure if any of you have ever taken the time to read through the book of Leviticus and the old law. If you have you will have noticed something interesting. If you look at all of the sacrifices that are required, then you will notice that none of them are ever for a intentional sin. If you and a friend are fighting and you strike a pregnant lady who loses her baby, then there is a sacrifice. If you are a builder and one of your buildings collapses and kills someone, then there is a sacrifice. There are no sacrifices for intentional sin. When David sin with the wife of Uriah, he said to God, that there is no sacrifice that you require. What does that say to us today? I think sometimes we get so used to the forgiveness of God, that we forget to take sin seriously. Now there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God, but it our sin can certainly make us draw back from him. It causes a rift in our own hearts that makes us ashamed to approach him. We may tell ourselves that is it not a big deal, and that God will forgive us, but the shame is often too much for us to bear. God is so forgiving, but I don't think that means we should try his patience. I think we ought to seek his will for our lives, and seek to remain close to his side at all times. He has given us boundaries. They are not to be a burden. Those boundaries exist for our own protection to keep us close to his side. We should seek to live in the shadow of God's great love for us. It is there and only there that we will ever be able to find true and eternal happiness. Anything else is just a cheap imitation, that will eventually failed us and leave us feeling empty and alienated from God.