Last Sunday, I was sitting in the church listening to the worship leader when he suddenly blurted these very words (refer to the title). It made me ponder all throughout the day and thought of the times I’ve looked down on the amazing power and plans of good Lord.
I grew up in the thought that when I ask for something from Him, I will have to go to church first, do good, and avoid sinning, only then He will give me what I prayed for. Or if I don’t get it, I think of countless things I did to anger God. But as I walk further and learn His Word, I realized that God isn’t that narrow-minded. We tend to belittle Him so much that we think when we break away from that one thing we thought the only reason why God has blessed us so much, He would take everything away from us.
As an Adventist, I have not eaten pork since I was a kid until college. Eating pork was the one thing I feared most. I feared that if my family will come to know that I eat pork, I will receive a whole lot of scolding and formal talks and a bunch of repentance to the Lord. I was scared that I might be struck down and will bring bad luck to my family. I was afraid that I might lose my place in the top ten honor list and be a mediocre student. I was wholly in keeping the whole ‘I shouldn’t eat pork because it’s a sin and it’s not okay’ but I was doing a bunch of other things like gossiping, saying inappropriate words, jealousy, talking about immoral things and even watching some of those. I thought that was all okay, but eating pork isn’t. I was shallow and I thought of the same to God.
Mark 7:14-23: “Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, ‘Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him unclean by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean.’ After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. ‘Are you so dull?’ he asked. ‘Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him `unclean’? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.’ He went on: ‘What comes out of a man is what makes him `unclean.’ For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man `unclean.’
When I broke from that practice, God didn’t take anything away from me. I passed all my subjects in college. I graduated. I found a job even when I was still studying. My dreams and goals in life are one by one unfolding in my very eyes. As I read on His Word and as I struggle on obeying His commands, the Lord has shown me that these blessings He is pouring down is not just because I didn’t eat pork, but because He is a thoughtful generous God. What I am experiencing now is not because I didn’t eat pork, but because I have a relationship with God.
Now, is it how we should actually see God? Is that how shallow He is? That He would judge us according to what we only eat? Is it really okay for Him that we are guilty of sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly but it’s okay to eat pork and that’s the reason why receive all blessings and if we try to eat one, He will take everything away from us? Re God looks at us through our hearts, through our living, through how we obey His words and how intimate we are to Him. Salvation doesn’t come from not eating pork, it comes from believing the Lord.
Our God isn’t that shallow. He doesn’t just judge us on what we eat. Those foods are gonna come in and out of our body. But whatever it is in our hearts stay. Don’t you think that by being scared of the thought that God will take everything, it only shows that we love this world?
Ecclesiastes 5:10 says “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.”
I think there’s nothing wrong in dreaming and aspiring a better life to what we have right now, but before anything else, let us seek Him and His Word first. We should fix our eyes on Him and Him alone and He will pour down blessings and gladness in our hearts!
Are we afraid God won’t stop blessing us? Do we not believe Him in His promise that whatever we ask in His name, He will give? God gave us His only Son, what else can He not give us?
John 15: 7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.”
All in all, our salvation doesn’t come from not eating pork. Our blessings come from God not because we didn’t eat pork, but because God wants to show that He loves us amidst. But let us not love these material things, or this world. Let us not praise ourselves because we are living the luxurious lives, instead, let us be faithful to God giving what is due to Him – by living according to His will.