Disobedience Is Costly

Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing That you have forsaken the LORD your God, And the fear of Me is not in you,” Says the Lord GOD of hosts.
— Jeremiah 2:19-20 NKJV

The Father created evil but He is not evil. Many people won’t like to hear that, but it’s the truth. Scripture plainly states that the Father created all things; this includes darkness, as well as the devil. Why in the world would a good, loving Father do this? What possible reason would there be for a serpent to be present in the garden of Eden in the midst of all of that magnificent creation? The Father does not control the mind or the will of the humans He created in His own image and likeness. If He did, we would be robotic by nature. However, we all make many decisions every day because we have the God-given ability to choose. No matter who we are or what we believe, we each have inside of us something called the conscience. We can choose to do right or wrong. There are many varying views regarding human thought, but I love the Scriptural foundation: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Simply put, whatever your thought flow is internally is what you will manifest externally.

The Father made man out of the dust of the earth. Dust represents dirt and dirt represents carnality. After man sinned, he reverted to a viewpoint of seeing his soul becoming awakened. He would now function on a natural plane, making daily decisions of right or wrong (The tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). Wickedness was ushered in as a result of Adam and Eve’s choice to listen to the voice of the enemy. As the Father came looking for them, He found them hiding from Him. He knew that they had violated who they were in Him. The Father rendered judgments thereafter, and one of them was that the serpent would crawl on his belly and eat dust. This meant that every time man sinned and produced wickedness, the devil would eat dust, the fruit of carnality.

Whenever a person decides to abandon the Father, there’s a hefty price to pay. It does not please or cheer the Father to deal with sinful mankind in harsh ways; rather, His heart is sorrowful over man’s decision to veer away from Him. There are no benefits to a life of wickedness; nothing to instill the nature and character of the Father in one’s life. Wickedness stems from disobedience, and disobedience is the core of sin. These pursue the works of the flesh that gratify only temporarily. Since they never satisfy, and never provide enough, mankind keeps striving and failing to find peace or a solution. The hole of disobedience deepens until people lose their minds.

Despite all its allurements, enticements, and pretty promises, a life of wickedness is empty and void! It will lead to its own punishment. It has no capacity to bring fulfillment, but instead sends people astray. It weighs down the soul with guilt and condemnation and steals the joy from one’s countenance. Wickedness may promise the stars, but delivers only discontent and overwhelming shame. There comes a time when everyone faces a decision: Choose the Father or choose the self. The only way out is to choose the Father!