We have so much choice but choose to ignore what is best, was it ever so?

“God wasn’t at all pleased; but he let them do it their way, worship every new god that came down the pike—and live with the consequences, consequences described by the prophet Amos:

   Did you bring me offerings of animals and grains
      those forty wilderness years, O Israel?
   Hardly. You were too busy building shrines
      to war gods, to sex goddesses,
   Worshiping them with all your might.
      That’s why I put you in exile in Babylon.

Acts 7:42-43 (The Message)

In all honesty who could blame God? Well, it looks like a lot of people find some reason to blame him. God presents a soft target for every woe the besets us. Any small accident or major calamity and God comes in for a bashing. The question is, however, if we aren’t living God’s way, making him the object of our devotion, rejecting all vain images and temptation in order to be faithful to him, why should he be to blame? The living God will not divert from his purpose or change his course to please our human ficklenss. In his holiness he can’t accept our inability to stay the course and worship him alone. So, why should we, who find faithfulness so difficult and depend on grace to support our weaknesses, blame God for our lot. We choose who to follow and we show, through our lives, the who it is we are devoted to. If we put selfishness, materialism, or idols in the place of the living God, primary place in our lives, then we have no-one else to blame than our own decision for the consequence we face.

May we learn to look at the way ahead and seek to follow the way of Christ. May our lives reflect the devotion of our hearts as we put God first in our lives today. Amen.

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