The Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.” – 1 Samuel 8:7
[su_pullquote align=”right”]Satan authored a wonderful sin for us and we read it. We loved it and we fell from grace for it.[/su_pullquote]To reject God is to embrace eternal separation from God as a lover. We know that the wages of sin are death (Romans 6:23) and yet there are those who do reject God. Sometimes it may be the idea of being subject to a sovereign power or the belief that Christians must live perfectly or they lose their salvation. The idea is, “why bother if one slip up undoes everything good I have ever done?” but that is not what the Bible shows us.
And there is doubt. Believer, non-believer, antagonist, atheist it doesn’t matter your position on God because we all experience doubt. I do it, you do it. It’s hard not to because of the tragic things we see in this world. Why, if God is so powerful and mighty, does he allow things like murder or rape to happen?
It’s a very valid question and it’s part of being human. We are not perfect, we have never been. It’s also why we reject God. We like to do things our way so we doubt that God can do it better. We like to make it on our own and we struggle in doing that. Man fell because of that thinking, God said not to eat of the tree and we did. We thought that we could do as we wished even if He forbade it. Satan authored a wonderful sin for us and we read it. We loved it and we fell from grace for it.
If we can reject God then surely we can reject sin. Sin is part of us but it does not define who we are. God has given us free will to live how we wish and to choose to embrace sin and rejection or to push it aside by faith in the truth that Jesus Christ brought to us. That can only happen after you recognize one indelible thing…
To reject God is to try and reject the fact that He is in control even when we think that we are doing it on our own. When we find peace, that stillness that signifies that our soul is in alignment with God’s will then we can see how beautiful it is to let go and just be held. God is an awesome Father who allows His children to make terrible mistakes and reject Him like the prodigal son did. Yet, when that child returns He is there, happy and patient. Willing to overlook the demons we struggle with. Every time we falter we reject God in some small way but He is always full of grace. God allows suffering because man rejects Him by using the free will given to him as a means to go against God’s wishes. Isaiah 5:24 warns us of what life would be without God when it tells us how our unredeemed soul will be blown away like dust. Embracing God will gives us life, give us peace and ultimately free us from the bondship of sin so that we can spread His word of redemption. His grace is not a blank check, we will sin again and again but if we truly hold fast to Him it will be a failure of will and not an intentional rejection of who He is and what He represents. We should guard our place as a child of God’s with the utmost desire to not dirty His name. Who we are represents how we really believe in Him.