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From The Beginning

Matthew 19:6-8 (NKJV)
"...what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
7 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so"

(emphasis added).

In Matthew 19 Jesus is asked about the lawfulness of divorce. There's many things in this chapter that are interesting to consider. But it's verse 8 that caught me attention, especially the last comment (which I've emphasized).

I've witnessed the effect of divorce. I've seen people who have navigated its challenges with their integrity intact and maintained civil relationships w/ their "ex." Still, even it the best of circumstances it leaves a scar. In the worst case scenarios, it damages one's psyche forever. But I'm not here to talk about the right or wrongs of divorce. I'm intrigued with the idea that not everything plays out as God had designed it. Could it be that God makes concessions to man's will?

(One quick caveat for anyone reading this entry: I'm not presenting a theological position here...You are reading my personal devotional journal; my thought, musings, questions, frustrations with and about God. I'm not trying to settle anything here, just process it out. And I'm willing to let my process be shared. Truth be told, my process probably isn't that different than yours.)

The issue of the will of God is overwhelming. Much smarter people than I have tried to figure this out and any answer still leaves one unsatisfied. Whats so interesting to me is that in this situation Jesus seems to say that there's a way that God originally designed for us to live our lives. After sin entered the picture, His way became subject to "my way." Its not that that His way ceased to exist. Its that "my way" now takes precedent. In doing so we rationalize (justified or not) our choices. We place blame, make excuses, deny culpability to explain why we do what we do, why we are what we are.

It's been said that the most powerful force at work on the earth today is not the power of God, nor the limited power of the "devil," but the will of man. We can choose to accept or reject God and his desires for our lives. We can choose to yield to the destruction that the enemy intends for our lives. We can even impose our will on another human being that produce positive (a father's protection) or negative (a father's abuse) consequences. Nevertheless, I may arrive at an outcome that isn't what God intended when He invited me to the wholeness that comes from obedience. I wonder how many things in my life God's conceded to, but "from the beginning, it was not so."

There will be a day when God's will is imposed and cannot be avoided. But for now, my best life is lived when I voluntarily yield to His will.

Lord, help me to live a life that is in the end how You intended it to be from the beginning.


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