Today we are challenged by Moses to consider that when we persist in going our own ways, we cannot assume we have God’s approval. As long as you don’t disturb the peace, the world will tolerate a lot. In God’s eyes, we enter his approval through faith and trust.
19 When such a person hears the words of this [renewed covenant] and they invoke a blessing on themselves, thinking, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way,” they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
We love to bless ourselves with the safety blessing, don’t we? I will be safe. God will bless me and show me grace, even though I am not perfect. He will go easy on me because I try… In rough terms, that’s the safety blessing.
Moses told Israel that this is a recipe for disaster. We cannot persist in going our own ways and think we are safe from God’s judgement. The exact opposite of this deception is true. God will not be mocked.
We can’t walk around believing that we are alright because we are good or good enough. In the eyes of the world, we are in great shape. The world grades on a curve. The world lives and lets live. As long as you don’t disturb the peace, the world will tolerate a lot.
God is holy. God expressed his love for us through the sending of Jesus to be our saviour and to die for our sins. We are not safe in God’s eyes because we are good enough. We are safe in God’s eyes and from his judgement because we have faith and trust in Jesus, who took that judgement and the punishment for us.
Jesus’ safety blessing is not based on us. It is based on him. And we are only acceptable to God through the one who created the new covenant in his own blood: Jesus Christ.