Friday, September 01, 2006

Don’t try to trick God

I was having a conversation with my husband when he said something that I found really interesting. He said, “I hope she doesn’t try to trick God.” Although I would love to tell you the specifics of the conversation and the person he was referring to, I can not for fear of accidentally revealing her identity (without her permission) to the cyber world – and possibly someone who actually knows her.

Trying to trick God – whether intentionally or not – will ultimately result in heartache and despair for the person. Say, for instance, you’re having sex on a regular basis (of course, you knew I was going to use a sex example) and you keep getting women pregnant. Over the past six years, four women are pregnant. Even though you know you shouldn’t be having sex, you do. And each time you do, you pledge to God (and those who know you) that you have learned your lesson.

Instead of committing to abiding by God’s word and not having sex outside of marriage, keeping your mind stayed on Him and truly, truly committing to the Lord as your savior, you decide to get a vasectomy. That will keep you from getting women pregnant… or so you think.

The problem is you’ve committed to the wrong thing. You’ve committed to not getting women pregnant when you should have committed to not having sex before marriage. Because you continue to defy God when you know you shouldn’t, when you keep asking for forgiveness without any intention of changing, etc., God can cause you to get a woman pregnant in spite of the vasectomy.

Gentleman, don’t be offended that I used men as an example. The same can hold true for a woman who continues to get pregnant then decides to get her tubes tied, any individual who continues to have sex and gets sexually transmitted diseases then decides to use a condom and the same holds true in other non-sexual scenarios as well.

God can allow you to get a woman pregnant even if you’ve had a vasectomy, God can allow you to get pregnant even if you’ve had your tubes tied…

I’m imaging that many of you are thinking, ‘Why in the world would you say that? That’s ridiculous! That’s impossible! God wouldn’t punish someone like that!”

We’re not talking about punishment here; it’s about God allowing something to happen that will ultimately – and hopefully – teach you a lesson. Why would anyone want to test the limits like that? Wouldn’t it be better to simply follow God’s commands? To me, the answer seems simple.

What do you think?

“You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.” Harriet Woods


Josh said...

"Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." Galatians 6:7-8

Petula Wright said...

Great scripture to include, Josh. Thanks so much!