Thursday, February 10, 2011

God's Disclaimer

"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Romans 3:23

Have you ever stopped to consider the number of disclaimers we encounter on a daily basis? If you consider it, the number can be startling. On the average day you will come across a disclaimer to park your car in a parking lot ("Lot not responsible for lost or stolen items"), to swim in a swimming pool ("No lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk!"), or even the FBI Copyright Infringement Warning just to watch a DVD. Two weeks ago, I purchased a new laptop. After getting it home and starting it up, I spent the first two days just agreeing to disclaimers (End User License Agreements) just to be able to run the software! Disclaimers are everywhere in life!

Even our relationships are covered by disclaimers. Remember when you were in high school and you had your first boyfriend or girlfriend and you told each other you loved them? The truth is, you didn't understand the concept of love fully, and you really meant that you'd love them until something better came along, or you got tired of them. Sometimes we tell a friend we'd miss them if we ever lost them, but the disclaimer is that we mean we would miss them unless we ever stopped being friends.  Then the loss would probably not be missed. We're hired to our jobs with the agreement that our boss will continue to pay our salary for as long as our work performance is acceptable. The moment it isn't is the moment this relationship too will end. The point I'm making is that human relationships are based on human emotions, which makes them inherently flawed. 

Even the most sacred and everlasting relationship we can have with someone, which is marriage, comes with a disclaimer. When we promise our spouse on our wedding day that we will love, honor and cherish them, the disclaimer is spoken plainly in front of God and all other witnesses. We promise to love, honor and cherish them... "Until death do us part." All of our relationships are covered by caveats and disclaimers. 

All of them, however, except our relationship with God.

When God promises to love us, He doesn't put a disclaimer or a void clause in there. He says it simply and plainly. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus says, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." There is no side note to this promise. Jesus did not promise to be with us always... unless we mess up. God knows that we are an imperfect people (Romans 3:23), but He has provided us with a back-up plan (John 3:16)

But perhaps you're someone who is so used to dealing with disclaimers that you need one in your relationship with God also. If that is the case, here is your disclaimer, God promises to love and care for you (Disclaimer: Forever and unconditionally).

This is God's disclaimer. What is our disclaimer to God regarding our devotion to Him? Is it like all of our human relationships? Is it filled with disclaimers such as the promise to obey His word until it becomes inconvenient, or uncomfortable? God loves you unconditionally; doesn't He deserve the same in return?

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