God is our Creator and anyone who decides to go their own way and disrespect God by ignoring His instruction is setting himself up for failure; yet this world is full of those who have made a conscious decision to discount God as nothing more than a demanding task master. This closed minded attitude ignores the obvious benefit of learning from the master builder. God does not establish his guidance as punishment; He uses his commands to point us in the right direction.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
As believers in Jesus Christ we know all too well the benefit of following His teaching. Filled with the Holy Spirit, followers of Jesus Christ experience God in a remarkable way. We have been given a personal connection to God that guides us in our daily walk with Him. Through prayer, study of God’s Word, and fellowship with other believers we are able to visualize a clear path forward, leading to victory. Our journey leads to eternal life with Jesus while the unbeliever’s useless chatter takes him nowhere.
“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” Matthew 12:36 (NIV)
In the end, God has the final say. It doesn’t matter if you believe or you don’t. God still has the final say. We will all stand before Him. We will all give an explanation for our behavior. Rejecting God will render everything in your life useless in His sight. Only those who have trusted in His Son Jesus Christ will be granted favor in his eyes. This simple message has been delivered over-and-over again since his death and resurrection. I felt compelled to state it here one more time in case there is anyone who might have missed it. Jesus saves!
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NIV)
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