327 The Ugliness of Man Trying to Please God for Their Destination

Intro

Whenever destination is mentioned,

you treat it with special seriousness.

It is also something that you are all

particularly sensitive about.

Verse 1

Some want to knock their heads against the ground,

pleasing God for a good destination.

God can identify with your eagerness,

which does not need to be expressed in words.

You don’t want to fall into disaster

or descend into endless punishment.

You only hope to allow yourselves

to live a bit more freely, easily.

Chorus

You would rather enter the sea of fire

for the sake of your last destination

than lose even a single strand of hair

to obtain the approval of God.

Verse 2

You’re tense when your destination is mentioned,

fearing if you’re not attentive enough,

you may offend God and thus be subject

to all the retribution you deserve.

You’ve compromised for your destination’s sake.

Even those who were once devious, flippant

suddenly become gentle and sincere;

this sincerity chills men to their bone.

Chorus

You would rather enter the sea of fire

for the sake of your last destination

than lose even a single strand of hair

to obtain the approval of God.

Verse 3

Nevertheless, you all have “honest” hearts,

and consistently open up to God

your heart’s secrets without holding things back,

be it grievance, deceit, or devotion.

You’ve very candidly “confessed” to God

the substantive things deep within you.

He has never skirted around such things;

they’ve become all too familiar to Him.

Chorus

You would rather enter the sea of fire

for the sake of your last destination

than lose even a single strand of hair

to obtain the approval of God.

Adapted from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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