Rebellion Will Ruin You
Man is a “free moral agent,” we say. No passage of Scripture uses those exact words, but the concept is everywhere in the Bible. Men were not made as slavish robots, unable to exercise personal will. God knew that giving us such freedom could result in our choosing to rebel against Him. Many have chosen to do so in the past, and their stories are often told in the Scriptures. Many will choose to rebel in the future, too.
Before we decide to rebel, however, we must become aware of this significant fact: Rebelling against the Lord is costly. The divine law of consequences is that a person reaps what he sows, more than he sows, and later than he sows (Gal. 6:7-9). And the principle is unchangeable whether you believe in God or not.
A prevailing attitude of our modern culture is that rules prevent people from having a good time. That is certainly not the Lord’s intention. In fact, He offers true freedom through a relationship with Him. Our loving heavenly Father desires to keep His children growing in their faith and safe from the Devil’s temptations and worldly influences. He does that by limiting our actions and commanding that we follow certain laws and principles, which He has designed for our good. Deuteronomy 6:24 informs us that God’s statutes are “for our good always.” There is no greater pleasure or source of contentment than serving Him.
On the other hand, rebellion is a form of slavery. By defying God’s authority in some area of our life, we allow Satan to shackle us. We may not feel the constraint of his trap at first, but keep in mind that divine law of consequences. Eventually, we will be heavily burdened by our sin. Whether the penalty ends up being caried in the body, mind, heart, or spirit, we will find ourselves distracted from wholly serving the Lord (Mark 12:30).
Whether or not we see rebellion as serious, God takes disobedience seriously because the consequences are so grave. As the Sovereign of the universe and our loving Father, He has only our best interests at heart. He knows what is good for us and what is bad for us, yet He allows us to make the choices. So rebelling against Him is foolish. It will ruin us! Wise men and women live by His Word and obey (Psa. 119:9).
— Mark White