After continuously doing what we think is best for us, we shouldn’t get mad at God when He takes his hand of provision and protection off of us. God will say to us, “Ok, fine. Have it your way.”
Isaiah 59:2 says, “It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.”
The saying “If you knew better, you’d do better” applies perfectly. Everything in life involves choices. Salvation is a choice. Living for Christ is a choice. Disobeying His Word is a choice. If we know that we’re doing wrong by God, yet we still CHOOSE to continue living for ourselves, know that at some point God will let us have our way and suffer the consequences. However, know that God’s removal of protection isn’t because He doesn’t love us. It’s because He won’t be mocked (Galatians 6:7), and His grace is only sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9) if we allow it to be.
There’s good news, though! The Bible also says,“The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.” (Psalms 51:17) This means that if we turn to Him, repent for our disobedience, and our hearts and minds are aligned; God will extend His grace and mercy, forget our past, press the reset button, and cover us once again. – God really is good.
We all have our moments of consciously and unconsciously living for ourselves. It’s a part of being imperfect people. But, God wants us to choose Him and His way. His way protects us from pain, confusion, ugly consequences, and delayed blessings.
It’s not easy releasing control of our lives. At some point though, as children of God, we have to say “Ok, Lord. Have it your way.”