Have you ever gotten into an argument with a spouse or friend and as you are telling someone else about it, you say something like “well, I wouldn’t have done ______ if they didn’t do _______?”
What’s wrong with this picture? For one, you are not accepting any responsibility for what you did. Sure, may be the other person did something that was totally out of line, but none the less, no one can force you to do anything. The bottom line is you are responsible for what you do.
Recently, I came across an amazing Bible verse (Deuteronomy 29:29 – NLT) that says, ” The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions (the 10 commandments and other teachings, italics added).”
I love that verse.
There is soooooo much I don’t understand about God and why He does what He does.
-why do people who do wicked things seem to prosper?
– why do evil practices such as the drug trade, the sex trafficking trade, racism, corruption in high places, corporate greed, etc. seem to be escalating?
-why would anyone choose to neglect the love of God as evidenced by Jesus Christ dying on a cross for them?
-how will people in unknown villages in the jungles be judged?
On and on, I could go with God-sized questions. However, what the verse in Deuteronomy 29:29 tells me is that I am free to let these questions go and focus on what has been revealed to me. I am responsible for what I have been shown (and you are too).
Friends, concern yourself today with all the areas of your responsibilities. Strive for excellence. Don’t worry about your big, God-sized questions or even for that matter, what your neighbor is doing. From a practical standpoint, all the time you spend thinking about what others are doing or not doing (including God), you are taking away from not only thinking through how to fulfill your responsibilities, but also from enjoying those responsibilities.
Focus your energies today on those things you are responsible for.
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