I have a saying that I used to tell my kids, "Rebellion will bite you in the butt every time!" That "I know better than you" and "I will do what I want when I want" attitude shows up in kids regardless of how great or how challenging they are. They get it honest, you know. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Adults are just as guilty. Just as Adam and Eve did a big NO, NO! and ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil, the wiles of the snake got them the boot out of the Garden. Not only did they get bit from that one, so did we.
It seems that we like to think we have things figured out and know better than those in authority. Kids go ahead and get into the snacks when they were told not to. We flash by other vehicles 10-15 miles over the speed limit in the glorious effort to be ahead of the pack. Only until we get caught and pay the consequences do we feel smug about getting away with it. I remember as a little girl, I wanted to have pretty fingernails like my mom.So I snuck into her room to get a bottle of nail polish. It was an older bottle I picked because I didn't want to get into trouble by getting her new stuff (don't ask me about the logic of a little girl!). The cap was stuck and it broke as I twisted harder. A piece of the glass became lodged in the web of my hand between my thumb and index finger. I cried and had to have Mom's help. She didn't punish me since she thought the natural consequence was punishment enough. Like a wolf sneaking up to attack it's prey, consequences will attack the rebel when least expected.
King David had this happen to him (2 Samuel 11 & 12) . He decided to stay home from war one day. A case of "nice-day-itis" probably. As he stood on his balcony to overlook the kingdom, someone beautiful captured his attention. She was taking a bath on her rooftop where she thought no one could see her. He invited her over to his place while her husband was fighting on the battlefield. They had a bit of afternoon delight. Thinking things were secret, she went home. However, she became pregnant, so the King had to figure a way to cover up the adultery he had committed. He sent for Bathsheba's husband Uriah and offered him time off to spend with his wife, but Uriah declined saying that his duty was to his country as they were at war. King David put Uriah in a position to be killed. The consequence? The child from his time with Bathsheba died. God told him what would happen and it did, like a wolf ravages a hapless animal. Rebellion against God will bite us in the butt every time-- even when we think we won't get caught.
We do a lot of things and think we can get away with it-- eating foods that are known to cause serious health problems, speed down the highway knowing that the law was put in place for everyone's safety, take something home from work justifying it by saying that you've earned it. Can we really afford to pay the price? Because the price is higher than we think. It causes a distance between us and God. We hide from God by avoiding church, leaving our Bibles conveniently behind, and neglect to pray. Just as Adam and Eve hid from God, we hide too. The problem isn't from His side of the relationship; it is from our side. The distance we set from God leaves us feeling empty and alone. Thankfully He seeks us out. As God went through the Garden saying, "Where are you?" when He knew where Adam and Eve were, He seeks to reconcile the relationship (Revelation 3:19-21). Kind of odd, isn't it? But it is wonderful because we wouldn't do it on our own. Praise God that even though we are rebels, He loves us, seeks us out and forgives us.
May God bless you!