The question enters into my mind more frequently than I care to admit. Why does humankind choose to ignore the rules; what we have been told is right for our entire lives, yet we decide to throw obedience away?
In reading 2 Kings 17:24-31, it is overwhelming to read how the people of Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim settled in Samaria and did not fear the Lord. They had no reverence for His almighty strength and power. No respect for all that He had done to lead them from the hands of Pharaoh in Egypt. Instead, they built idols and began to worship gods of their own making.
This disobedience angered the Lord, and he sent lions to kill some of them.
How often do we see the Lord do things to open our eyes?
These people were intelligent enough to realize that they did not know the ways of the gods of the land, yet failed to recognize the God of the universe.
So, they brought in priests to teach them how to fear the Lord. They learned reverence, worship, and how to live for God. Yet these people still made their own gods and put them in high places. They had learned the basics of how to revere God, yet never implemented their knowledge. Instead, they continued to worship idols.
Do you see a parallel to modern society?
It strikes me how this is a clear reflection of humankind today. Most know that they should honor God for His holiness and power. They know that God sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross so that we might live, yet they fail to assimilate their head knowledge with the function of their heart.
Instead, humankind continues to build their own gods and put them up on pedestals, worshipping worthless manmade accolades while ignoring All Mighty God. Many times in our modern life I believe God has sent and continues to send the proverbial lions in to eat some of the people in an attempt to awaken them to the error of their ways. They continue to ignore God.
One day, each one of us will face the judgment seat of God. One day each one of us will be held accountable for our actions. The questions we must ask ourselves is a simple one.
Is it really worth an eternity in hell for the temporal pleasures of this earth?
If your answer is no, then the best that can be done is cry out to the God of Creation in repentance. Let Him hear from your lips that you know you have been wrong. Put the God on a pedestal, high and lifted up, and worship Him alone from this day forward.
For there is no greater joy than knowing that the God who saves is also the God who forgives when we come to Him with a pure heart.