The more I speak with the mainstream “religious” world, I see a misalignment with the intentions of God in setting His will for us to follow. The Old Testament, (Gal 2:23) the tutor of the nature of God, shows in simple terms how God perceives His precepts and expectations for those who would be called “His.”
I saw the bumper sticker “God said it, I believe it, that settles it!” This phrase gives man far too much credit. Whether or not I believe it, the Truth of Gods’ will doesn’t change. It IS…… Maybe . . “God said it, that settles it!” is more accurate.
Is this familiar?
“A loving God would never send people He loved to burn in Hell.”
“God left things vague in the Bible because he knew times would change.”
I heard this just yesterday. “God will never let His blessed people live in poverty.” (she never read the Old Testament) Pharoah, Egypt, Jews, Exodus, etc.
Many want to make Gods’ will bend to our poor behavior. We are to lose our will to Gods’ expectations. (will)
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Consider an example of a proper attitude about Gods’ expectations.
Psalm 119:1-8 (NASB) Bible.com
1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.
3 They also do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.
4 You have ordained Your precepts,
That we should keep them diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be established
To keep Your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be ashamed
When I look upon all Your commandments.
7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I shall keep Your statutes;
Do not forsake me utterly!
God Set HIS expectations for us to follow. (4) This referred to the old Law, but how much more the “law of liberty.” James 1:25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
It is not for God to bend His expectations to compensate for our behavior.
His expectations are a blessing to us if we observe them. (1,2)
They do not bring us shame. (6)
They are something to be thankful for. (7)
They are something to strive for. Worthy of setting goals to achieve. (5)
The result is, that our way is blameless if we seek Him with all our heart. (2)
When we walk in His ways, our behavior is excellent, and aligned with His will.