Loving God

Alignment and the Bible

The Bible could be compared to a navigation system.

To simply look at a map for a potential road trip doesn't take us anywhere. To own a Bible does not make one a Christian nor does it do anything in one's life.

Nor is the Bible, God. It is however written about the lives and experiences of many people who truly knew God.

Therefore to get anywhere, we should align our lives with the instructions of the Bible. Similar to following the navigation's directions, if we do, we arrive at the desired location.

To obey, sometimes, is going to go against the deepest of our heart's desires and will make no sense at all. Some times we'll see those we love, reject us for our adherence to these principles. Some times it will mean ridicule and we'll want to give up.

If some Scriptures make no sense, this is an opportunity to just trust God. That at some point, understanding will come. 

This is the nature of Christian growth.

A Punishing God?

Some times we question God's methods. Authors in the Bible portray God's judgment and it's puzzling behavior for a loving God.

God's actions though were to prevent evil from spreading because people had turned from Him. God determined to stop their influence. His judgment did not mean that grace had been removed.

God is quick to forgive if we humble ourselves.

Sometimes, as parents, we punish our children out of embarrassment, tiredness or stress. This punishment is therefore motivated out of our own personal and human need. 

God though is never tired, stressed or needy. His discipline is simply and merely for our benefit as much as we struggle with this. As written in Hebrews 12:10, "Our fathers disciplined us for a while as they viewed best, but our Father disciplines us for our benefit, that we can share in His holiness."