More than once in my life has rebellion against God kept me from understanding the truth.
Although my father was a preacher for churches of Christ, and although he taught the scriptures well to all his children, there was always the temptation to rebel and throw off God’s rule in my life. I knew what the scriptures said. I just acted as though there was no God and that there was no rule.
My consolation is that God never abandoned me or threw me aside when I was like the Apostle Peter and said, “not so, Lord.” Peter did that at least twice, once in Matthew 16:22, shortly after he confessed that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus said that he would have to go to Jerusalem, suffer and be killed and rise again. Peter said, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you,” (Matthew 16:22 ESV).
He did it again in Acts 10 when he told the Lord he would never eat the things Jesus had commanded him (Acts 10:14). “Not so, Lord,” he told the king. But the Lord did not discard Peter and he never threw me over while in my disobedience.
God be thanked and praised for his patience with the disobedient. As the psalmist wrote, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12 NASU).