Paul N. F. (12 Feb 2011)

By A. W. Tozer

If ye will not obey . . . then shall the hand of
the Lord be against you.  (I Samuel 12: .18)

    Independence is a strong human trait, so men and
women everywhere bristle when anyone says, "You
owe obedience!"  In the natural sense, we do not take
kindly to the prospect of yielding obedience to anyone.

    Both Old and New Testaments of the Bible make it
plain that sin is disobedience to the Law of God.  Paul's
picture of sinners in Ephesians concludes that the wrath
of God will come upon those who are "the children of

    So, we live in a generation of men and women alienated
from God, and who make a great case for individualism
and "the right of self-determination."  The individual's
strong statement is this: "I belong to myself.  No one has
the authority to require my obedience!"

    Now, if God had made us to be mere machines, we would
not have the power of self-determination.  He made us in
His image, to be moral creatures with the power, but not
the right, to choose evil.  We have the right to be good.
We never have the right to be bad because God, the Creator,
is good. If we choose to be unholy, we are using a right that
is not ours!

Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.