Why Consider God?

G. Steve Watts
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Part 2

Does God have a bearing on the things you do, the decisions you make or the places you go? Further, does He have a bearing on the reason you do or do not worship or the reading of your Bible? If so, why does He? Let us walk the pages of inspiration and listen to the voice of God tell us about Himself.

An our previous study we found a number of reasons why man should consider God. We found God should be considered because He is not a man, He is always right and He is always to be obeyed. This study looks at the reasoning behind man's need for God and the blessings that can and do result from a complete acceptance and faithful compliance with God's plan for man. Let us note together why God should be consid­ered. He should be considered be­cause:

God Identifies Wrong or Right

" Who are you to tell me what is right or what is wrong? " Have you ever heard this before? Many would want to believe they are a law unto themselves and no one has the right to tell them anything. Of course this is not true because God has all right, all authority and is over all the uni­verse, both seen and unseen.

Being creator and owner of the earth, God has the authority to do what He wills. This includes the identification of right and wrong.

Ex 9:29 - "that thou mayest know how that the earth is the Lord's."

Since God is the owner of the earth, He has every right to set its standards and rules. He can identify right and also label all wrongs. He alone is the absolute standard maker for all times and of all things.

Ex 19:5 - "Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a pecu­liar treasure unto me above all peo­ple: for all the earth is mine. "

ICor. 10:26 - "For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. "

Deut.   10:14          "Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord's thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. "

Ps 24:1 - "The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. "

Having given the standard of right and wrong, man is expected to re­spect and submit to that great stan­dard. To remind man of the God-given standard, God had it recorded as such, and the record was read before the people.

Lev. 6:25 - "Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: "

Lev. 7:1 - "Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy. "

Lev. 7:11- "And this is the law of the   sacrifice   of peace   offerings, which he shall offer unto the Lord. "

God Has Ordained-Evil Is Sin

In the Garden of Eden, God had prepared the identification of good and of evil.

Gen. 2:9 - "And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil."

This was one of the many new things Adam and Eve heard about, never having experienced them be­fore. Death was a warning of the consequences to be received for the violation of God's law. This too was a new thing to hear about. God was good to man in never hiding the con­sequences of sin from him and then offering a plan of redemption as a result of man's eternal need.

Gen. 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. "

Here evil and good are first de-

noted by God to exist in the world. Man and woman were still innocent before God, having never sinned at this point. God warned of evil and its results, death. God identified sin and it's harvest.

Eating Gave the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Gen. 3:22- "And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. "

In the beginning, God identified that evil was available to man. He has continued to identify it and warn man of it's harvest. We can know by the Word of God what evil is and we can know it's immediate and long range results.

Man Will Do Evil without God's Word and Guidance

Man is not capable of self direc­tional guidance. Man will ultimately fail without God and His word.

Jer 10:23 - "O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps. "

Pr 16:1-3 - "The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spir­its. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be estab­lished. "

Pr 16:9 - "A man's heart devises his way: but the Lord directs his steps. "

Ps 37:23-24 - "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with his hand."

Pr 20:24 - "Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then under­stand his own way?

1 Peter 1:5 - "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. "

All of humanity is in the same boat; we are lost without a compass to heaven. The devil knows the way and will consistently give the wrong directions. God is our hope and help-without Christ we can do nothing. This truth is shared early in the sa­cred writings of God.

Gen. 6:5 - "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."

We are capable of using God's word and knowing what is good and what is evil.

Gen. 8:21 "And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. "

Man without God is in trouble. There will be no good in man's life without submission to the God of the universe.

We should consider God for a number of reasons. No other power figures into our lives on earth and in eternity like the God that made us. We consider God because:

God is to Be Honored

Honoring God was and still is shown in a number of ways by man. One of the ways God has taught man this important part of his service to Him is in the using of His mighty name. This name-the name of God-is a name above all names and is never to be used except in an ele­vated and exalted manner. This hon­ors His position and authority. "In the name of by the name of is equal to saying "by the authority of. " It is very meaningful for one to say "in the name of God" identifying the greatest power of all. This honors God and holds Him in the rightful position before all. This can never be taken from God. It allows Him as well as others to seriously consider our love and appreciation of this wonderful fact ourselves.

Ex 20:7- "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. "

Deut. 28:58 - "If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD. "

It is absolutely right and necessary that we honor the God of the Bible. We should consider God because He is to be honored and also because opposing God is evil-which will be studied next issue, continuing this article. -582 Murry Kittrel Rd., Ready-ville, TN 37149