A few years ago they gave me a tractor to drive that was rather odd. In order to start it, you had to push two unmarked switches simultaneously while turning the key to start the engine.
Anyone who was not trained how to start the tractor, could not possibly steal it (unless of course they towed it away). Fortunately for me, the company wanted me to drive the tractor so they explain the process.
I know a man who is convinced that God has lied. The man has a certain tendency toward sin. He has heard what others have said. They speak about freedom in Christ. They speak about forgiveness and the power to overcome. But in his search this man did not find either. So he assumed that Jesus has lied.
God wants us to live a life of overcoming and freedom. And he has written a manual as to how we can accomplish that. But the man I spoke of does not read the manual. How then can he know?
He refuses to believe the testimony of others. He refuses to believe there’s something he doesn’t understand. He cannot start his soul. So he blames the one who made it.
Now, the way I explained it doesn’t sound reasonable at all. But it makes perfect sense to this man. And I will say he is not alone.
There are millions who have not been able to grasp the freedom of forgiveness and strength to overcome. Perhaps they are not as bold as this man, in that they do not call God a liar.
But if God has promised the freedom of forgiveness and the strength to overcome, their actions speak louder than their lips. For they have ceased struggling for what is expected of them. And they quietly wait their turn to be judged by God. I really can’t imagine what they’ll tell him.
Let’s sum this article up with what is simple and obvious. If you want the freedom of forgiveness and the strength to overcome sin, all you have to do is read the Bible and pray. Yep. It’s that easy. (Did I mention you have to believe? Yes those two unmarked buttons work just like they said they would.)
By His Grace