Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Devotion: God Does Not Play Favorites

According to the scriptures, we see that “God is not a respecter of person” (Romans 2:11), which means that God treats everyone the same, that he gives the same opportunities to everyone, and that he does not value one more than another.  And no, nothing has changed, because God says “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6), which means that whatever God did in the beginning, he is still doing today.  But traditional teachings have taught us differently.  Some have been and are still being taught that God has favorites.  These traditional teachings show that God favors some more than he favors others.

Traditional teachings have brought us to where we currently are, blindly following traditions without question.  This is not to say that all traditional teachings are in error, nor is it to say that following traditions are bad.  Blindly following anything, be it tradition, traditional teachings, or God without question is not something we are told to do (I John 4:1).  Traditional teachings have always attempted to convince us that we can never understand God.  We have been taught “God’s ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).  The misinterpretation and the misapplication of this scripture and others alike have contributed to our “destruction” (Hosea 4:6).  We have been held in “captivity” because we “lack true knowledge” (Isaiah 5:13).  When we lack knowledge, we lack understanding as well.

Therefore, instead of blindly following traditional teachings, question them in an effort “to get wisdom as well as getting understanding” (Proverbs 4:5-7).  Question those traditional teachings that contradict scripture.  We know that there can be none, no contradictions, because “God is not the author of confusion” (I Corinthians 14:33), man is.  Yes, it is highly possible that man has gotten a few things wrong over the years.

God clearly says “he is no respecter of person,” yet some of our interpretations show just the opposite.  They claim to show that God is a respecter of person.  However with scriptures like “For God so loved the world” (John 3:16) and “The Lord is . . . not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9) properly interpreted, it is time that we realize that “God does not play favorites.”  Scripture tells us “the word of our Lord will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8).  Maybe it is time to re-evaluate those interpretations that claim to show that God does play favorites to make sure that they are truly “the word from God.”

If this message is a blessing to you, please share it so that others may be blessed by it as well.  Blessings.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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