Misconception: God is unconcerned with your choices.
While some people struggle with the concept that God is unconcerned with our difficult situations, many people struggle in a different way. Some believe that God is unconcerned with our choices.
Believing God to be too distant and too soft to concern himself with our lifestyle, we can slip into complacency and unholiness.
Make no mistake – God is not mocked (Gal. 6:7). God is concerned with your situation, but he is also concerned with your lifestyle.
It is not beyond God to meddle in our affairs.
Look how our Father is described in Deut. 32:6.
Is this how you repay the LORD, you foolish and senseless people? Isn’t He your Father and Creator? Didn’t He make you and sustain you? -Deuteronomy 32:6
In this passage, the people of God were not acting like the people of God. They were foolish and senseless in their decisions and this type of thinking was leading them to live unholy lives. The absurdity of their actions was pitted against the character of God. How could the people act like this if they had such a Father?
God is not only concerned with how we live, but he is a father who cares enough that he will step in and stop us when we go too far. He is a father who still believes in disciplining his children!
Read Heb. 12:9 and discover something about the concerned nature of our Father.
Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? -Hebrews 12:9
What methods did your parents use to discipline you? Even though it was difficult to receive, what benefit did you gain by their discipline? It reminded you that there are authorities and consequences in life.
Does God discipline us? Absolutely! He is a father who loves us too much to refrain from discipline.
God’s wrath is designated for unbelievers. God’s discipline is designated for believers.
The way to avoid wrath is to receive Christ. The way to avoid discipline is to obey Christ. Pray and ask God if there are some things he wants you to stop. Commit these items to him in prayer and submit to our Father.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.