It began with a benign neglect. My colleagues would make disparaging and snide remarks about a well-known pathologist. I would smile and chuckle but never join in, but neither would I refute the aspersions. My resistance soon eroded and I began to join in, sharing my negative impressions. It was not long before I was the instigator, eager to share the latest example of how this pathologist had supposedly wronged me and others. I would play loose with the facts, exaggerating details, sensationalizing ordinary details. Why not? No one would be able to verify what I was saying. I could get away with it.
Yes, I can get away with it because I had been so disobedient to God that He allowed me to wallow and fester in my sins. I was the prodigal son, longing to eat the same food the pigs that he was tending were eating (Luke 15:11-32).
I gave them over to worthless decrees and regulations that would not lead to life.
Ezekiel 20:25 (NLT)
Why would God allow this? God gives the rebellious Israelites this solemn answer with the next verse.
I let them pollute themselves with the very gifts I had given them, and I allowed them to give their firstborn children as offerings to their gods—so I might devastate them and remind them that I alone am the Lord.
Ezekiel 20:26 (NLT)
If God simply wanted automatons who were forced to follow His commands, He would have created us in this manner. We would be robotic creatures with no will of our own, simply doing what God commanded. This is not a relationship nor is it love. Relationships and love must be entered into freely and not forced or dictated by one side. Love is a choice and God created all of us with a free will, an ability to chose to love Him or reject Him. Yet God, through His Holy Spirit, can intervene in our lives and restrain the evil influences that we are so prone to yield during temptations. He does this to provide us with opportunities to learn from our mistakes and understand that He is God. Like the Israelites, He sometimes allows us to indulge our most carnal desires to devastate and teach us a lesson.
Can I get away with it?
No, God is using my sins to bring me to the realization that I exist in a forlorn and depraved state. Without His love, I cannot succeed on my own. I need a Savior. I need Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.