“Have It Your Way!”

Rom. 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

There is a growing trend in the western hemisphere toward customization: Burger King hamburgers, Dodge Ram trucks, and Dell computers can be customized just the way you want them. Not all customization is bad (I’m writing this post on a customized computer). However, have you ever thought about how terrifying it would be if you always got your own way? God states that when we reject Him, that He gives us up to our own way! Now at first this may not seem all bad. But, think about it. If you didn’t get out of bed in the morning, would you benefit in the long run? Nope. If you didn’t work through differences with your spouse, could your marriage ever get better? Negative. In fact, one of the most terrifying things that can happen to a man is letting him have his own way. God states in Romans 1:24-32 that when men reject Him that He gives them up to fornication, homosexuality and a depraved lifestyle. These three punishments, though flaunted by the world, are destructive to their core and never fill the void left by rejecting God. God never intended mankind to suffer from hangovers, divorce or AIDS: they are the result of man’s rejection of God.

The dire straits portrayed in Romans 1 are reminiscent of the wandering sheep of Isaiah 53:6. The prophet states that “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.” This simple sheep simile well describes the world we live in. However, the verse goes on to describe the solution to the sheep’s wanderings: “the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.“ God loved mankind so much that He sent His son to pay for man’s sin (John 3:16) so that we could turn to Him from out of our lost wanderings. He wants to save us from our own way.

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