God’s Terms

I’m sure many of you have heard the phrase “you cannot have your cake and eat it too.”  Life doesn’t give us the option to eat our favorite cake and at the same time keep our favorite cake on the table.  We can have one or the other but not both.

You cannot have a good job that keeps you traveling a lot and at the same time have lots of time to spend at home.  In the same ways, many of us have come to want God, but we don’t want His terms.  We cannot have God and have our own ways.

We see this problem all throughout the bible.  In the first book of Samuel, the bible tells us of a time when the Israelites wanted to have a king.  They demanded that Samuel give them a king.  They wanted to look like all the people around them but at the same time still have God as what make them different.

Samuel warned them against this desire, but they wouldn’t accept no.  In 1 Samuel 8:6, God says this to Samuel, “Now therefore heed the voice of the people in all they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”

God was saying to Samuel the people wanted to live in both worlds—the world of the people around them and the world where God wanted them to live.  The people didn’t think they were rejecting God, they thought they were just being ordinary people like God wanted them to be.

The fact that we are God’s people makes us extraordinary, not ordinary.  If we are going to be God’s people, we must accept the terms that God prescribes for this.  We cannot have His cake and eat it too.

Then in verse 9, God tells Samuel to warn the people of what it will be like when they have a king.  He says, “Now therefore, heed their voice.  However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”

Samuel warned the people of all that would come.  He showed them how their lives would be changed.  They would be under the rule of a king, and they would still have to obey God.  But the people demanded a king anyway.  They were together in this desire.  They believed that since they all wanted it, this would make it right.

They wanted things on their terms.  Today, we have this same mindset with us.  The Supreme Court just overturned an old ruling that legalized abortion.  One account said they believed the decision to legalize abortion was wrong all along.

Whether we agree with abortion or not is not the issue.  It’s clear one side must be right, and the other must be wrong.  We cannot have this cake and eat it too.  When we remove the one standard that is right for all, then any other standard is wrong.  If God has a position on abortion, our decision must align with His position.  We cannot have our position and still live by His terms.

When we reject God’s terms, we become unintelligent.  We act in unintelligent ways.  We make poor decisions.  And worse, we legalize our desires, so they have the force of the legitimacy of law behind them.  But still, a poor desire supported in our laws is a law that doesn’t stand the test of common sense.

We cannot have our cake and eat it too.  God determines His own terms for us.  A majority who believes a man can be women and a women can be man is probably a majority that believes in what is wrong if that position fails the terms God has designed for us.

We cannot fight our own battles and have God fight them too.  If you want to eat your cake and still have it too, you must come to accept God and His terms for how you live.  You are not ordinary. You are extraordinary when you come to live on God’s terms.

Live a Delivered Life.  Love you.