Every time I deliberately disobey a command of God, it is because I am in that moment doubtful as to God's true intentions in giving me that command. Does He really have my best interests at heart? Or is He withholding something from me that I would be better off having (Genesis 3:4-5)? Such questions, whether consciously asked or not, lie underneath every act of disobedience.
However, the gospel changes my view of God's commandments, in that it helps me to see the heart of the Person from whom these commandments come. When I begin my train of thought with the gospel, I realize that if God loved me enough to sacrifice His Son's life for me, then He must be guided by that same love when He speaks His commandments to me. Viewing God's commands and prohibitions in this light, I can see them for what they really are: friendly signposts from a heavenly Father who is seeking to love me through each directive, so that I might expereience His very fullness forever (Deuteronomy 5:29).
When controlling my thoughts as described above, the gospel cures me of my suspicion of God, thereby disposing me to walk more trustingly on the path of
obedience to His commands.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
In Milton Vincent's book A Gospel Primer, the first section is dedicated to "reasons to rehearse the gospel daily." Parts 2 and 3 contain a Gospel Narrative in prose and poetic versions, respectively. Part 4 contains the story behind the Primer. Throughout the book, footnotes are given with Scripture references for almost every statement he makes. This is a very helpful book that can be used as a reference and frequent reminder of the benefits of meditating on the gospel. The excerpt below is one of the reasons given in Part 1 to rehearse the gospel daily. It's entitled "A Cure for Distrust."