We humans sometimes just really aren't very smart. After all, we have a loving God who created us, one who has given us tools to use in deciding what is right and wrong, and God even made us in His image to be living examples of what he wants us to do. Despite all that, however, we are still woefully inadequate to the task and we falter and fail because we often seek those seemingly wonderful things that, upon reflection are anything but wonderful. Why do we do this? Because we are mere mortals born into a sinful world who just can't help ourselves.
It's easy to find examples with situations that just almost naturally c0me about when individuals get tempted by what's around them and fall into a trap that seemed so perfect until they got there. They lack the discernment to see what they are really dealing with, instead taking the world of Satan who is an artist at convincing others to go ahead and do the things they shouldn't do. Take the thirty-something rising business executive who works long hours and is continually in the company of a beautiful young supporting worker many hours of the day. What seemed like innocent flirtation gravitates toward active sexual activity, potentially destroying both the man's family and career and also shames the young woman involved. Or the business executive who is so hell-bent on increasing the bottom line, that he cuts corners on production to reduce price, while making the product of such loss in quality that his career is also finished. And the list can go on and on, but the point is that God's tools include the Holy Spirit, the Bible, the fellowship of believers and even history and natural observation, yet when we get so consumed by the human side of things we also lose our perspective.
Now let's add in the situation regarding how God looks at these things. Well, we all know that He loves all of us even when we sin, but He certainly must feel grave concern when His people foolishly go for sinful things instead of following His guidance. So, in such situations, He often turns us loose to learn the hard way, but there's more. Remember, God has given Satan free reign on earth until the Second Coming, so Satan, a master of disguises, flits around looking for good targets, people who are putting their desires and ambitions ahead of their responsibility to God. The Wicked One develops an option to paint his works as goodness and not darkness and, voila, he captures another soul to show God that he (Satan) still can combat God effectively, although he knows that in the end, he will be no match for Jesus and it will result in his banishment to hell. He celebrates, however, every victim he gains to his mission for he knows each soul loss is upsetting to God, his enemy.
But what if instead of hanging in there for us and giving us every last opportunity He can, God decided He was just going to shut down His house and let things happen totally as they might if He were not around. Just imagine all the little unknown miracles that we take for granted today have all gone away. There's the little boy with leukemia, expected to die, yet when going for a treatment the cancer had mysteriously disappeared, and that was several years ago. Or my own sister and brother-in-law, sleeping soundly when a large pine crashed into the house. The odds on were that it would have hit the bedroom, yet it mysteriously landed on the garage just through the wall from their bed. No one knows what causes these changes, but I know it wasn't Satan. So, folks, let's face it. God is good. Yes, sometimes he let's us suffer for our sins, but in the end if we stick with Him we will find paradise, not gloom. What do you want? Sure darkness and death or an everlasting life so grand and beautiful that all of her inhabitants will be richer than the richest person who ever lived on earth. And I don't know about you, but I'm not planning on taking any chances. How about you? Just think it through prayerfully and carefully. We'll all know what to do.