DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD Andy Hollifield 1-11-19
Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. (KJV)
“You brought it on yourself.” Those were the famous last words of my dad right before judgment was handed down for something I had done or failed to do. I hated hearing that because I knew it was true. I’ve heard it said that “experience is the best teacher.” As an adult I have found that to be true but as a child, I could have done without some of those lessons. The ones where I was told “you brought it on yourself” are the ones I remember most.
It is the same concept in our Christian life. As a father, I have created one of those dreaded sayings for my son: “Do what you’re told when you’re told and you’ll never get in trouble.” What a simple proverb to live by but sometimes I can’t seem to grasp it. Why do we do like Jonah and do the exact opposite of what God says thinking we can get away with it? “God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” That is 1 John 3:20 and we know it but try to fool God anyway. We observe those lying vanities and forsake our own mercy and then get mad at God when he punishes us even though we brought it on ourselves. What is the easy solution to avoiding God’s judgment? “Do what you’re told when you’re told and you’ll never get in trouble.”