“For your own good.” That’s the kinda phrase that adults used to get me to do something I didn’t want to do without explaining all the details for me. Why they undoubtedly had wonderful reasons that “for your own good” was sufficient, inquisitive minds like mine were never satisfied.
While some people might have chosen to use their good judgement or “common sense” to avoid such mishaps, I did not.
Ignoring “for your own good” warnings was a choice, but ignoring “for your own good” has left me with many scars to prove my unwillingness to heed the “for your own good” warnings.
“For your own good” was not good enough for me, so my litany of mishaps include…
I fell through the ice.
I nearly drown.
I hung upside down from the spikes on a fence with the spike driven into my leg.
Jesus once said, “Stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you.” For me, and those like me, he could easily have said, “Don’t be stupid, or something worse may happen to you.”
Fear God For Your Own Good
God challenged Moses to help the Hebrews to embrace “for your won good.”
“And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?“
– Deuteronomy 10:12-13, NIV
God challenged his people to change their ways. I think their challenge is our challenge.
Fear the Lord.
Walk in God’s ways.
Serve God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Observe, obey, the Lord’s commands and decrees.
I think their challenge is our challenge. Can we do what our Creator wants, “for our own good”?