All for What?

Isaiah 50:1 Thus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. 2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

What is the Lord speaking of?  Slavery? Divorcement? Yes, but he’s speaking symbolically.  In the Old Testament the Jews were God’s people. In these New Testament times we who are saved are also God’s people, the bride of Christ.  God referred to the Jews as his wife in the Old Testament. This wasn’t because of what they did. It was God’s goodness. Abraham, his son Isaac and his son Jacob’s 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel.  These families were God’s chosen because they chose to yield to the grace of God. Everyone of us is saved by the grace of God, not through anything we’ve done.

We made a conscious choice to choose God.  We realized we were lost and losing more and more every day.  Sin is a losing game! It puts us under the rule of Satan but when Jesus saved us he broke that relationship with the devil and separated us to himself.  He wrote us a bill of divorcement from the devil. Thank God! As a Christian we are bonded with the Lord in a relationship with him.

Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. Israel was separated from God because of their sin.  They quit praying and going after God. They began to chase after former things.  The most foolish thing we can do is backslide away from God. We see this in marriages.  One person separates him or herself from the other one. Long before something like this happens the heart begins to change.  The bond of the relationship falls apart and is followed by one or the other of them leaving. It’s another thing to be divorced.  God uses this to show us something. Israel left God and sold themselves again to sin and Satan. God had no choice but to separate from them.

When we’re born we’re in a innocent state.  The day comes when we realize right from wrong.  We soon realize we’re sinners. Then a choice comes. The age is different for every one but when a person realizes he’s lost but still chooses to separate himself from the Lord, he or she has made a bad choice.  God cannot accept a person in his sins or with his sins. He makes no exception for anyone. You must let go of the sin. That’s why you can’t pray and read your Bible.  You’ve become slack. Church is nothing but a front. The worst thing we can do is pretend we’re right with God. Be who God wants you to be. God asked “have I written a bill of divorcement?”  When we’re away from God we are not blessed and neither can we enjoy our relationship with God.

There are circumstances where is not a home.  In today’s time home as God defines it is a vast minority. A stable home with husband, wife and kids is not known to some.  Now two men or two women or transgenders try to make a home together.  No wonder kids are turned upside down and the world is going to hell. God defined home as a model after the relationship he wants with us.

God gave Lucifer the best job in heaven but he wanted to be God.  He was kicked out and is divorced from God. He will never be saved.  You have a chance today. Maybe you’re not as close to God as you used to be. God is waiting. Come back to him. He’s not written a bill of divorcement and written you off. Don’t force his hand by choosing sin and turning your back on him. People get opportunity after opportunity but many still go to hell every day.

John 3:16-17 says For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  Praise God!  He came to save, not condemn. A backslider can come back.  An infidel can be saved. Look at the word infidel; it comes from the word infidelity.  It’s more than the atheist. It’s anyone who sells themselves to something else besides God.  You cannot be partly God’s and partly something or someone else’s.

It’s all or nothing with God. Cain thought he could do his own offering.  Esau thought he could do his own thing. Saul thought it. It didn’t work for them and many others.  It’s God’s way. If not, there is separation. First John 1:8-10 tell us If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. Confess.  Make things right with God before it’s too late.

We will never be able to accuse God of infidelity.  He’s done all he can for us. Is he not enough? What more could we want?  He saved us and will help us each day. He’s the “breadwinner” in our spiritual family.  He’s given us no reason to turn around and walk away. Look at Isaiah 52:2-3. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.  The best Satan gives is chains and bonds, mud and dirt.  We can’t march ourselves back to God; crawl back. He deserves more than we’re giving.  We put up the barriers and we must take them down.

All for what?  Are you willing to give your all so you can have everything?

 

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