It’s an important day and you are running really late. As you turn around the block, you see two men fighting. What would you do? Would you care to stop? Would you bother to intervene? Maybe you will. Maybe you won’t. What you do actually depends on several factors: How busy you are. Are they bigger than you? Are they drunk? Do you run the risk of getting beat up yourself?
If you are like most people, you may decide to just walk away.
But wait a minute. As you are walking away, you notice that one of the men looks strangely familiar. You move closer and realize the one getting beaten up is your dad, or your son, your husband, or your brother, or your closest friend — someone you love dearly.
Um, would you care to intervene now? Or would you still walk away?
If you are like most people, chances are you would jump right in to rescue your loved one.
But what if you find out that your dad/son/husband/brother is getting beaten up because of his mistake? He did something wrong.
Would you still stop them from beating him up?
If you are like most people, no matter what dad/son/husband/brother did, you would jump right in and first get them to stop beating him up. Heck! You might even throw in a few punches yourself. You wouldn’t care about what he did. You wouldn’t care how big the opponents are. You wouldn’t care about your busy schedule. You wouldn’t care about anything. All you would care about is rescuing the one you love.
You might even catch yourself say something like: “Yeah, I know he made a mistake and it’s his fault, but I’ll take care of it. Just stop hitting him.”
Um, so what’s the real reason behind the sudden change in your disposition? As long it was people you didn’t know, you were probably okay with them having a go at each other. But the minute it comes to someone you love, you want to play the ref and step in to rescue them — even if they are wrong.
The answer is simple: RELATIONSHIP!
You would save your child, your dad, your spouse no matter what the cost. In the same way, when you have a relationship with your Creator, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done. He will always jump in to rescue you. Because He loves you and cares about you. That’s why the Bible says “If God is for you, who can be against you.”
So, does that mean God rescues people who do wrong? Well, here’s the catch: If you really have a strong relationship with God and you understand who He really is and how much He loves you, you will find it extremely hard to get on the wrong side of His law. It doesn’t mean you’ll never ever sin again — you may. But it won’t be your default setting, and He’ll always help you find your way back home into His arms.
Because He is your Dad. And you are His.