I Will Not Cast Them Away…
As we walk through our days we sometimes get off course, forget that we are serving a loving, caring and deeply kind God. Our God loves us, wants the absolute best for us and wants us to do our best to live a sin free life. We will never be sin free, however, we don’t have to stay in sin and we should never, ever forget to repent and confess of our sins. If we lie to our parents for breaking a prized heirloom should our parents punish us, not only for the sin, but breaking their heirloom? Of course they should. What makes God any different? God is our Father.
But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; and if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. ~ Leviticus 26:14-17 KJB
Leviticus 26 may be the chapter, if it’s not the chapter it is one that most nonbelievers are referencing as a jumping-off-point for the Christian faith having a “hateful god”. The problem is they didn’t read the whole chapter. They didn’t read the covenant God made with the people prior to the Warnings that God lays out. God lays out His love before and after the warnings.
The beauty of God is always there. Do we see it; is it shown to us or do we see it later in life? Sometimes we don’t see it, sometimes it is shown to us right away but some of the time it is shown later in life. All this is dependent upon our keeping close to God. How can we something that we don’t understand exist? We can’t. How can we be shown something when we reject it’s existence? We can’t. Here’s the good news. If our heart softens as time goes by we will see the beauty of the God in all the ugly that we created. God built it in every situation, so we just need to find it.
And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD. ~ Leviticus 26:44-45 KJB
God never leaves us, even when we are at our worst. God may punish us, but that should be expected from someone that loves us. If they didn’t love us they would allow us to as we wish and bring whatever harm into our life we could put ourselves into.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.