Caught in the Middle
Have you ever been caught in the middle of having to make a tough choice? You find yourself torn between following God’s teachings and principles as one path and choosing a path that you know is opposite of what God desires but popular with the world. Following God might make you a target for scorn from the world that denies God’s authority. The world’s culture might accuse you of being intolerant or narrow-mindedness if you follow God’s principles.
Each one of us might be facing this type of choice right now. You know what God teaches, but it seems too strict to follow. The consequences might seem to severe to follow God, so it seems easier to choose the path of least resistance. This is one of those times you could get all kind of advice from different people with different opinions on what to do or you could look at what God’s Word says.
In Exodus God promised the Israelites that if they obeyed Him, they would be blessed.
5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,
Great faith doesn’t happen overnight. Faith is a muscle, the more it is used the stronger it becomes. Faith becomes strong as a result of years of trusting and obeying the Lord. It comes down to trust God or not trust God. Disobedience says to the Lord that you know better than He does. That logic doesn’t end good.
God wants you to trust Him with your life and all that concerns you. It might not make sense to you, and you might not understand, but the Lord says to trust Him.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
So, if you are caught in the middle of obeying God or paying consequences. The answer is clear. “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him”.