I used to get very frustrated with the Israelites of the old testament because they couldn’t learn the seemingly simple lesson that, if they lived according to God’s commandments, life would be easier, more peaceful and more abundant. It seemed like an easy choice. But instead, time and again, they would shrug off their promise to live according to God’s ways and think their way was smarter. Each time, their easy and peaceful life would fall apart. Then, when all was lost, they would crawl back to God and promise to obey Him. In His mercy God would give them what they needed. It happened over and over again. I could see it coming as soon as scripture told a story of someone ignoring one of the Commandments. Then, before long, their peace and harmony would begin to crumble. There was division and frustration and, unless they turned back to God, things spiraled out of control. Do you ever feel that things are spiraling out of control in your life? Your family? Our nation? The World?
I no longer get as frustrated with the Israelites because I realize that we are no smarter or grateful than they were. We promise God to live obediently to His love and Commandments. But when life gets either peachy-keen, or very difficult, we put ourselves in the driver seat and tell God to step aside as we steer the ship. It doesn’t take long before our boat is being tossed about, we are exhausted and feel like we are going under. But our pride gets the best of us and drives us to just try even harder. Eventually, we either drown with our pride or realize that God, in His great love for us, is better at taking care of us and we let Him back in the captains seat. When we do, peace and order begin to be restored in our lives.
It is my hope and prayer that IfULoveMe.org will help us all, individually, within our families, our communities, as a nation and even as a world, to realize that we can stop making these mistakes, learn to embrace the Ten Commandments and experience authentic joy and freedom. And in doing so, that we can teach our children and grandchildren to do the same. ( 2 of 4)