Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. (Psalm 25:8-10 ESV)
The Lord is good and upright. He cares about his name and the relationship we have with him. He takes no pleasure in watching evildoers ruin his creation. They are the ones that are lurking in darkness, recruiting more souls to get lost in the wilderness with them. The Lord is watchful and takes notice of all this activity. He hates what he sees and decides to intervene:
“I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezekiel 36:27 ESV).
There is a much better life to have but we must first believe that we can change with God’s help. When we surrender our plans and our desires to him, he inserts himself in our being with a purpose to teach our hearts. He has a way of inspiring us by helping us see the blessings that come from following his paths of steadfast love and faithfulness. He enlightens our minds by illustrating the destructive consequences of sin so that the images and lessons become our deterrents. And if we are in the midst of living a sinful life, he allows the consequences to serve as our teacher.
Sinning can be fun and liberating. But the happiness and joy we experience from sin are illusions designed to keep us from repentance. The devil is clever and knows how to twist our emotions whenever we decide to reach out to God. He will tell us that life would be much harder to be a Christian. Why not be free and independent? Look at so-and-so, he’s not a believer and he’s having the time of his life! You are going to miss out on all this fun!
Little do we know that God is patient and will decide when enough time has passed, when every opportunity to know and accept Jesus has been given. Some will come to the Light and be born again, and some will perish. For those with whom the Spirit dwells, they will be taught the ways of the Lord and prosper because they humbled themselves. Their joy will be made complete and permanent. Their pleasures are worshipping God and serving him. They will live the rest of their lives with a guilt-free conscience and not have to worry about keeping their dark sides hidden in the closet. They have broken out of Satan’s prison and have been set free.