People are a fascinating species, really. Sometimes they do the most illogical things and then wonder why they run into trouble.
The other day I heard about an unmarried couple who knelt by a bed and asked God to bless their relationship moments before they crawled into the sack together. Like, what’s with that? How can they honestly think He’ll smile and condone what they’re doing when they’re blatantly going against His Word?
We might tsk-tsk this couple’s behavior, but I’ll bet we do similar things. How about speeding all the way to church so we’re not late for the worship service? Or withholding tithes and offerings from the Lord and then asking Him to provide our needs financially? Or backbiting someone who’s hurt us and then asking God to heal the relationship?
Our strange behavior isn’t new. It’s been around for generations – you can read about it in Ezekiel 14:3-4. Here’s what God said about it – “Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts. They have embraced things that lead them into sin. Why should I let them ask me anything? Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: I, the Lord, will punish the people of Israel who set up idols in their heart so they fall into sin and then come to a prophet asking for help.”
Hmmm. Looks like God makes no promises about answering the prayers of those who turn their backs on Him, fall into sin, and then come crying for help with no intention of changing their ways. It’s illogical to expect Him to feel otherwise. After all, why should He bless the relationship of a couple that’s having sex outside of marriage when He’s forbidden it in His Word? Why should He protect me from accidents and speeding tickets as I race to church when He tells me to obey the laws of the land? Why should He bless me financially if I’m not giving Him what He owns in the first place?
Let’s invite the Holy Spirit to examine our hearts. Have we established idols there? Have we embraced things that have led us into sin? Are we expecting God to help us or bless us in the midst of this behavior? If so, it’s time to turn around and do things God’s way. Then, and only then, can we expect His richest blessing