Deuteronomy 32:4-5 (ESV)
4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.
5 They have dealt corruptly with him;
they are no longer his children because they are blemished;
they are a crooked and twisted generation.
Deuteronomy 32:4-5 (MSG)
4 The Rock: His works are perfect, and the way he works is fair and just; A God you can depend upon, no exceptions, a straight-arrow God. His messed-up, mixed-up children, his non-children, throw mud at him but none of it sticks.
That first part – I’d like to be that man, that husband, that father, that friend. Imagine, faithful, without iniquity, just and upright. Yet, I’m not because I have dealt corruptly with him, putting me first. A lot of folks might think that’s OK, that God’s a co-pilot, not the pilot. Meh, he’s no a co-pilot.
The Message version brings life to the passages. We can depend on God, nothing we do phases who he is – we don’t impact him. He though, impacts us. Greatly.
I was just going through Wallyworld and they had these great inspirational wall plaques (imagine getting your inspiration from a Wallyworld). One had the worn out “Live your life with no regrets”. Thoroughly modern in its meaning, but what happens when you scratch the surface? I have plenty of experience regretting the things that I did with no regret – damn the torpedos, full speed ahead KABOOM – so how do you live a life where you end up with no regrets? Or, is it OK to life a life doing what you want and not regretting anything?
On our deathbed, we’re going to be faced with a few things – did I spend enough time with my wife? Kids? Friends? Did I leverage my time here on earth well? Am I ready for that final, unanswered question – is there heaven and hell?
Live your life with no regrets. Only one really matters at the end of the day. Did I live a godly life – one of being faithful, without iniquity, dependable, just and upright? Did I live that life no matter what came my way? Did I give it my best shot?
I regret a lot of stuff I’ve done with my life, with the talents I’ve been given, with the friends I’ve had, the people I’ve known. I will not regret trying to make amends for those and for living a life like what God is showing us the way to.