January 29, 2004

The wooing and the woeing of God

He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.
-- Job 36:16

There is not a command in the Bible that is not for our own good. How many people throughout time have accused God of trying to burden them down with difficult living, when in reality He is trying to free us to live an abundant life. You would think that our creator would simply lay it all out and if we make the wrong choice, and take the wrong path, that he would simply say, "oh well, I have plenty more where that one came from." But He doesn't do that. When we are in distress, even from our own wrong choices, our God attempts to pleasantly coerce us back. But don't mistake his kindness for something else.

Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes, to those who say, "Let God hurry, let him hasten his work so we may see it. Let it approach, let the plan of the Holy One of Israel come, so we may know it."
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.

--Isaiah 5:18-21, 24