I watched as my daughter disciplined her toddler son one day. And I thought how Godly the process was. He was kicking and screaming, resisting what his Mom wanted him to do. She got his attention, put him in time out, and when the time had come that he understood he had done wrong, and ceased crying and feeling sorry for himself, she brought him back to herself, having fulfilled the resolution for his behavior. She made him understand she still loved him.
Sometimes we want to go our own way. God made us with a sense of independence. It is what motivates us to get up in the morning and get things done. But independence without the balance of unity, someone to love us, and boundaries can take us to places of loneliness and ineffectiveness. Sin is when we ignore the need we have as humans for our creator to provide that balance. We become heavily weighted on self-indulgence and things get out of kilter.
Think of an astronaut in space. He is a daring independent kind of guy. Extremely so sometimes. Intelligent and capable of flying his craft. If he weren’t, he might not get home. Apollo 13 was a great example. But without his team on earth - helping him find the boundaries, sort the difficult calculations and extremes of detail - he would fail, and the results could be disastrous. I heard an astronaut say yesterday that if you are off just a little in the beginning and don’t adjust early, you could miss your target altogether. Without the altering of the cross on the sin issue, we would miss our eternal target all together, but we will miss the daily blessings of God as well.
God wants our independent character to get us where we are going. He desires his best for us. But we need a mission control! Personally, I don’t like thinking of being alone in this great big universe like a pilot alone in outer space with no contact to what grounds him. I want God’s universe-capable power to reel me in.