Archive for August 22nd, 2009

Deuteronomy 24

Deuteronomy 24 has some very simple yet profound truths for us to remember.  I have always said that happy wife = happy life.  Well God seems to have that as a foundational truth as well.  Check out what He instructs about newlyweds: “He gets one year off simply to be at home making his wife happy”.  Can you imagine how much stronger marriages would be if people actually spent a year together focused on making each other happy.  Not sure what the significance is of the man being charged with making his wife happy.  OK – I probably do get it but as always – it seems a little one sided doesn’t it.  Well God doesn’t really always do it the way we might consider it to be fair.  Leadership in the home doesn’t seem fair – God lays that on the man.  Submission by a wife doesn’t seem fair does it?  Obedience by kids doesn’t seem fair, at least in their eyes.  Have you noticed that God isn’t into being fair.  He is into giving us direction and instruction and commands that make life work.  That is where we mess up.  We want to change His plan – He actually created us and wrote the Book on how things should work.  He actually knows better than we do.  And fairness isn’t the criteria – having life work is what He was concerned about when He drew up the plan.  So we can learn a lot from just being obedient and not worrying about what seems fair.  We can also get along a whole lot better if we focus on what we are supposed to do rather than worrying about how our husband or wife is acting.  It is not my job, or yours, to make your spouse do anything.  That is God’s task.  Our job is to make sure we do everything that God instructed us to do.  That is where we need to put our focus and energy.  If we do that, the other often takes care of itself.  Funny how that works – if people focus on their own obedience others do the same.

 The chapter also points to the reality that every person is responsible for the sin in their life.  “Parents shall not be put to death for their children, nor children for their parents. Each person shall be put to death for his own sin”.  I have had many a conversation with parents who are all worked up about the choices their kids have made.  While we as parents certainly have a responsibility to train up and influence our kids – at the end of the day everyone is responsible for their own choices.  Sin is personal.  It is between you and God.  No one makes you sin and really only you can prevent yourself from it.  Sure there are plenty of influences that seem to lead us to that result – but the reality is that we sin only when we choose to disobey God.  That is the only way it happens.  And kids are responsible for those choices.  We can’t protect them from the consequences, we can’t prevent the results.  What we can do is train them up in God’s truth, model Christ Following living, and be available to help them when they are wrestling with choices to provide godly counsel.  But bottom line is that each of us are responsible.  So how are you doing in your walk of obedience?  Are you ready to stand before God and explain how you are living?  If not, time to confess and repent and get right.  That day is coming!

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