“I gave them my statutes and showed them my ordinances, by whose observance everyone shall live. Moreover I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, so that they might know that I the LORD sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness; they did not observe my statutes but rejected my ordinances, by whose observance everyone shall live; and my Sabbaths they greatly profaned. Then I thought I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make an end of them. But I acted for the sake of my name, so that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out. Moreover I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land that I had given them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands, because they rejected my ordinances and did not observe my statutes, and profaned my Sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols. Nevertheless my eye spared them, and I did not destroy them or make an end of them in the wilderness.” Ezekiel 20:11-17
Good news! Bad news! Good news! Grace, rejection, more grace. God displays His love and invites us into a loving life with Him inside the boundaries He defines. I/you/we rebel, rejecting the potential possibilities of the fullness of the life God offers. God doesn’t pour out His wrath making an end of us, He spares us allowing further opportunities to accept His boundaries and enter into life with Him. Good news! Bad news! Good news! How will I/you/we respond? Where and how will we live? Wandering in the wilderness keeping an arms-length from God, calculating every option? Or will we accept His offer of grace, enter into His proposed covenant and walk hand-in-hand with Him? It’s a decision to be made moment by moment, on a daily basis that has eternal consequences in the here and now. How is it with your soul?