And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.– Leviticus 10:1-3
On the surface it appears easier to believe that God owes us grace and that due to His holy goodness, grounded in agape love towards us, He will gladly pardon all of our transgressions.
We want to believe that’s true! So much so that we pattern our lives around this false belief. Afterall, we love our sin and we reckon ourselves to be wise- wiser than our creator and sustainer. It’s as if we think we can outsmart Him- especially if we can get enough people to agree with our way of behaving; our way of thinking. Confessing ourselves to be wise, we become fools (Romans 1:22), not realizing that our way is the way of death- our way seems right to us (Proverbs 14:12).
Then we wonder why things in our life, and spreading out into society, are in a tumultuous state? Relying on our deceitful hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) we begin to blame others as we look for ways to right the wrongs ourselves. We take up a cause, we delve into our feelings, we struggle for the cure!
We have the answers- right? If only people would believe and think like us! If only we were not so mistreated! We are the victim- or we know best- or…
Hopefully we get to the end of ourselves! Praying that we see that we are not right about so many things! May we turn to the ONLY one in the right- the ONLY one that holds the keys- relinquishing our need to be in charge- our need to lead- our wants- and laying it all at His feet!
May we see that our transgressions are a stab at Him- that we owe Him our very life and soul and that He owes us nothing but wrath. May we be made humble in His presence and submit to Him. Truly obeying no matter what blows by us- that is when our life truly begins. We can Only be made right when the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed onto those of us that believe on His name!