Thursday, November 17, 2011

Accountable Forever

When it is time to decide on a new memory verse, I begin leafing through my Bible zeroing in on the verses I've highlighted over the years. Occasionally, though, a verse will pop out at me - one I had somehow overlooked - and it will resonate in my heart.

"The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that He has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of those instructions."
Deuteronomy 29:29

My heart beats a little faster when I read it. I have been given the priceless gift of a lifetime of Bible teaching. My parents, Sunday School teachers, Pastors, Bible studies all adding to the store of knowledge. We are privileged to have so much available to us, and we are accountable for all that has been revealed to us.

Having said that, one would think it would be enough to keep us busy. Yet there seems to be more than enough time to not only quibble about the things we do know, but we also seem determined to argue about those secrets known only to God.

We know that we cannot know the mind of God, but something compels us to try anyway. Then when we think we have it figured out, we are ready to take on anyone who disagrees. I am afraid that we sometimes are so consumed with getting it right we miss the mark altogether.

We are to love one another, to care for the poor, to share the gospel in word and deed. Whether or not we like a certain type of music in church doesn't even make the list. Pre-tribulation or Post-tribulation isn't there either.

I think there is a yearning to get back to those things He has revealed to us - to be the church He gave His life to establish. I see it in the young people I worship with. I read it in your posts. I hear it in my Pator's heart.

"This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you."
John 15:12

linking to Emily's imperfect prose