- Genesis 7:16 (NKJV) And the Lord shut him in.
Probably the thing we struggle with most is that God does indeed say “No.”
If the truth be known, this concept has created more unhappy Christians, atheists, pagans, and garden-variety sinners than any other thing about God.
We have no problem with the message that God loves us. A message on mercy and grace is always welcome. But the walls start going up when God has the gall to prohibit something; when he says, “No”, when he “shuts us in.”
But dear friend, why do we struggle with this? Having our own way is not always the best way. Getting what we want can sometimes kill us.
Really it all boils down to two things: Lordship and trust.
There are people who chose hell over surrendering to God; being in heaven but having to surrender to the Lordship of God was worse than hell to them.
There are people struggling and suffering in life simply because they’d rather do it their own way than trust God’s way.
Why do this!?
Why not embrace the fact that God does indeed prohibit us from doing certain things and going certain places. Sometimes you are most in God’s will when you are standing still.
The ONE THING for today: Don’t just read the Bible to find the promises of God; read the Bible to discover the prohibitions of God—they are there to save your life and to set up you up to experience a brand new world and a better life.
Job 3:23 (NKJV)
23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?