In the world but not of it

July 12, 2010

Keep it up…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“If in spite of all this you still refuse to listen and still remain hostile toward me, then I will give full vent to my hostility”. Leviticus 26:27

As a parent you know how exasperating it can get when you constantly correct your children over the same issue.

It can be both physically and emotionally draining when a child is persistent in disobeying your instructions, which are typically for their care and protection.

We all have our favorite phrases that we use when we are heated over our children’s complete disregard. My parents often used the phrase “keep it up” as a means of telling me that if I didn’t stop acting foolish and rebellious, their full wrath was on the way. As a spouse, we can use similar phrases with each other when we argue and get heated.

Later in this chapter the Lord tells the children of Israel that if they continued to disobey that the result would be captivity and sure enough, as we know, they were conquered and captured and spent 70 years in captivity.

God was not punishing them in anger. He had given them ample warning so they would understand the consequences associated with sin, yet they ignored the warnings. He allowed their disobedience to result in matters that would ultimately lead them to repentance.

It is the same with us. We have the full word of God and even though we fundamentally know right from wrong, we also have complete instruction from the Lord on how to live. If we choose to ignore it then we allow the consequences of disobedience and sin to overtake us.

Unlike us, who as parents and spouses use statements such as “keep it up” as threats to get our own way out of a situation, when God uses such statements it is because He wants us to completely avoid the destructive consequences of our actions.


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