Not so very different

13 Jan

Perfect love includes right and wrong. It includes consequences. Isn’t this necessary if perfect love includes guidance? I can’t imagine loving my children without providing guidance. On what would you base this guidance if no right and wrong existed?

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in” (Proverbs 3:11 – 12 NIV).   

God is love – He alone is perfect love. It’s a mere fiber of the essence of his holiness – his separateness.

As I continue reading through Genesis, I’m struck by the amount of human deceit it records. Much of it appears strange because of all the cultural differences (the emphasis on first born males and blessings, the multiple wives and their maidservants). But, setting that aside, and observing the human motivations, it doesn’t feel so unfamiliar.

  • Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife. Jacob, did the same regarding Rebekah (fear).
  • Jacob and Rebekah deceive Isaac concerning the blessing (control, disbelief, impatience, greed). Recall what God had told Rebekah in Gen. 25:23.
  • Sarah decided to “help God along” with his promise of an heir to Abraham, and gave Hagar in order to conceive a child (control, impatience, doubt).
  • Laban deceived Jacob alongside Leah in giving her as the bride that Jacob believed would be Rebekah. (pride – the need to keep custom, or greed – to gain seven more years of labor for the second daughter as bride).

So, does all this deceit discourage or encourage us?

God chose to make covenant and promises to these people though they did sin; they did deceive. Yet, they also praised and acknowledged God.  

I, too, honor and acknowledge God, but also continue to sin. Sometimes it’s pride, control, impatience, fear that drives me to err. But I, too, have covenant and promises from God through Jesus Christ. I need not worry God won’t fulfill. His word shows me he is faithful to his promises because of who he is. His holiness. His perfect love. And when he disciplines me, it further demonstrates his love. I’ve yet to be disciplined without also being blessed through it.  

Today’s Passages: Genesis 28:1 – 29:35; Matthew 9:18 – 38; Psalms 11: 1 – 7; Proverbs 3: 11 – 12

Thursday ‘s Passages: Genesis 30:1 – 31:16; Matthew 10: 1 – 25; Psalms 12: 1 – 8; Proverbs 3: 13 – 15

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