Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"I am against you"

It’s hard to imagine a more dreadful announcement from the mouth of The Lord: “I am against you.” If the Lord spoke those words against a people—Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Sidon, Tyre, Mt. Seir—they were in for serious hurt.

Imagine how it must have hit God’s chosen people to hear those words aimed their way. Both Jeremiah (21:13) and Ezekiel (21:3) told the Israelites that God was against them for their disobedience, and the people definitely ended up paying the price.

What about today? There’s no greater gift than to be numbered, by grace, among the Lord’s chosen ones. But we’d better be careful not to turn that grace into a ticket to do as we please—unless, of course, we don’t mind turning our greatest ally into an enemy.


(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

1 comment:

Rick said...

Milton,
As we consider James 4:6, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble," the idea of God opposing or being 'antitassetai' or 'arranged against us' in a battle formation is a very frightening proposition. We not only want to be on God's side, we want Him to be on our side too. Yet pride, or as the context of this paasage dictates, self-centeredness or being controlled by our sin nature will lead to God opposing us, so as to bring us to repentance. So when things aren't going 'our' way, that IS the problem... God wants to highlight the truth through His discipline of us, that things are supposed to go His way, not our way...and He wants us to desire His way... not our way more in our life.