God is neither a tyrant nor a dictator. He gave man the right to decide what he does, hence, it is said that man is a free moral agent. But for every decision he makes right or wrong, there is a recompense. It is often said that decision determines destiny.
Although He had chosen Israel as a begotten nation and had promised to honour them above every other nation on earth, God still needed to tell them that they had some roles to play before they could appropriate all the blessings meant for them. Particularly, God stressed the fact that the realization of the promises he had made and Israel’s ability to enjoy victory over their enemies depended on how far they would obey his commandments. He expressly stated: “A blessing if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God… and a curse if ye will not obey”.
Just as he commanded Israel, God’s principle of ‘cause and effect’ is still potent in our daily dealings with Him. God demands implicit obedience. As He rewards every act of obedience so does he also frown at willful disobedience.
Instances abound where some people who had genuinely received miraculous healings from threatening diseases and illnesses, suddenly relapsed into a worst health condition. Some even have had to die in the process. The reason behind this has been traced to the inability of such beneficiaries of God’s power to faithfully keep the miracles by continuing in faith.
Today, many believers still lose God’s favour and what could have been a victory over circumstances of life owing to their decision to patronize sin. We have the opportunity and the blessings of God are ours to appropriate into our lives.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A man is a product of what he sows.