a good day to acknowledge that God’s word is final.
“Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!” Numbers 23:20 NLT
Beginning from the time we are children, when we get an answer we are not happy with we seek out someone from whom we can try and extract an answer that is more to our liking.
As children, how many of us have asked our mother a question, not been happy with the answer, and gone to dad to seek a more favorable response? Or been told “No” by dad only to seek out mom’s view on the subject.
It’s called “working your parents,” and there’s a pretty good chance we have all done it at one time or another.
As parents, how many of us have been “worked” by our children?
In legal situations, if we get a result that is contrary to what we desire, we can “appeal” to have the decision changed to one we agree with.
In life, there are many ways and many situations in which decisions may be appealed to be changed, but when it comes to the word of God, it starts, and ends, right there.
God’s word is final.
We may look for excuses for behavior that is contrary to what we know God expects of us, but that is all they will be – excuses. If we sleep with our neighbor’s wife, we can say that “everybody” does it; we can say that it is not against the laws of man, and we can probably even find those who will applaud our behavior.
But God will not be one of them.
He will never approve of it, He will never change His mind, and there is no higher authority to appeal to in order to get a different answer. God’s word is final.
How, then, do we justify this behavior in our minds? If we do anything contrary to God’s laws how do we justify it?
God says don’t judge others. That job is reserved for Him. Still, we pass judgment on others.
God says we are not to lie, and yet the truth is a very difficult thing for many “Christians.”
God says we are not to covet anything our neighbor has, but how many of us worry more about what others have that we do not than about what God says on the subject?
It seems that since there is no way to appeal God’s word, it must be OK to just ignore it. Of course we know this is not true. We should instead take comfort from the fact that of all the things in the world that change, God’s word is not one of them. His word is final.
And that is final.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson