“No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”
Romans 3:11-12 (NLT)
In his wonderful blog ‘Preventing Grace’ (which does not mean what you think it does) Matt Kennedy writes, “When it comes to God, we human beings . . . do everything in our power to keep God at bay. As [the Apostle] Paul writes, ‘No one is seeking God.’ (Romans 3:11)” *
As sinners, our ‘go to position’ is to walk away from God. We look for loopholes in the Bible rather than being obedient to the Lord’s commandments. We can’t help it. It’s our nature. To paraphrase Jessica Rabbit in the movie ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, “I’m not a sinner; I’m just drawn that way.”
Being ‘drawn that way’ is a marvelous excuse to avoid God’s word. It really is. We’re being true to ourselves. We’re being authentic. The Lord wants us to be honest, doesn’t He? What could be more noble?
Have you ever read a scripture verse and thought “Oh, the Lord couldn’t possibly have meant that. I’ll just ignore that bit.” Or you ‘feel’ something so strongly that you’re sure God wants it for you, even though mature Christian friends are throwing down caution flags. Or your prayers have gone unanswered for so long that you’re convinced Jesus either 1) isn’t listening or 2) doesn’t care or 3) isn’t real, so you give up praying.
I’ve been in all these situations, and sadly I often made the ‘Jessica Rabbit’ choice to stop seeking God. At first it felt good, even courageous, but it always turned out badly. Fortunately, the Lord gave me the Apostle John’s first letter. If John were writing his letter to me, he’d write: “Ruth, if you confess your sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all wickedness” (1 John 1:9). Thanks be to God!
I’ll always be a Jessica Rabbit. Though I’ve been redeemed by my Savior’s blood, I’m a recovering sinner and will be until the day I die. It’s my nature to slip my hand out of Jesus’ grasp, and dash after some shiny worldly bauble. I’m just drawn that way. But when I do wander, I know that my loving Good Shepard will come after me, searching for me like the lost sheep/rabbit that I am. Even when I am not seeking Christ, He is always seeking me.
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?”
Luke 15:4 (NLT)
* You can check out Matt Kennedy’s blog at http://www.preventingrace.com.