Those who love The LORD with all their heart, have counted the cost, having picked up their cross to follow Him.
The chasm has become much deeper and further apart yet one can see with greater clarity from a far distance those whom you labored over, investing your love, determination and time; choking back the tears and grief at the revelation of seeing the cost of their unbelief.
Troubled by the thoughts as to why a person who met perfect love, could possibly turn away knowingly and willingly in such a final stroke, as one who would sign a final testament note.
To finally comprehend and see the overwhelming revelation of their understanding, that God won’t go against free will and free choice.
He gives the right to choose to each of us. Each one will stand before God facing the ramifications of influence and their rights and choices they made.
He is a God of Justice, Mercy, and Judgment and as a just God, He is slow to anger and rich in mercy.
However, no man, no matter how eloquent, no matter how compassionate, no matter how desperately determined to stand in the gap for others can only go so far. God won’t violate freedom of choice.
“Behold therefore the kindness and severity of God,” Romans 11:22 KJV.
Those who are mature, know how to weigh things in the balance of God’s Word. For we know Him both as Lion and the Lamb, Grace and Union, Thy Rod and Thy Staff.
“So I pastured the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and one “Grace” or Favor and the other “Union”, and I pastured the flock,” Zechariah 11:7 NIV.
Free will and free choice trumps all interventions. God will not intervene once that choice is made.
God gave us the gift of free will and free choice and God will not interfere by standing in the way of those God given choices.
If God will not take away free will and free choice, who are we to think we can make them choose?
Rizpah stood in the gap for her dead sons and desperately kept the buzzards away, but her sons were still dead. There is a time to let go, (2 Samuel 21:10)
“And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before The LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:22-25 KJV.
Shall not the judge of the whole earth do right?
Job offered burnt offerings for each of his children to be sure that if his children violated, sinned, or cursed God in their hearts, that Job was motivated by fear by getting involved in making sure his adult children had been covered by sacrificing. Job said, “The thing I greatly feared came upon me.”
There is a time to let go. It isn’t easy, but we love dearly and have agonized over those who have clearly turned away from God, and it is hard, and often a process to totally release them into the hands of God.
A lot of times we get in the way of the hand of God seeking to work on those we love, and as long as we fight our battles, God cannot.
We cannot be responsible for others even those in our own lives and family that we labor over intensely.
Yes, we pray and labor intensely seeking God to forgive them, but there comes a time that it must come from within and it must be their decision.
It is agonizing to slowly watch those we have closely known, to choose to follow the wide way that leads to destruction. There is a time to let go.
“And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually,” Job 1:5 KJV.
“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came,” Job 3:25-26 KJV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey