Today I read Leviticus 26 which is kind of an interesting chapter. The whole chapter is the Lord telling the Israelites how He will punish them if they do not follow His commandments. He also tells them how He will bless them if they do follow His commandments. Kind of the carrot and the stick method, except with Heavenly Father it is not a threat, just a statement of fact. He wants the Israelites to have all the facts so they can make the best decision for themselves.
Our day and age is really no different. Heavenly Father has given us commandments and told us that when we follow the commandments He will bless us, but when we don't it is up to Him to bless us or not. Heavenly Father really is a better parent than most here on earth could ever hope to be. He understands that there is no cookie cutter mold that we can all fit into and be happy. He wants us to become like He is, because He knows that is where the ultimate happiness is to be found, but He also recognizes that not everyone desires that.
It's kind of funny to think that some people would shun happiness, but that is exactly what they do here on earth. Drugs, alcoholism, smoking or any kind, promiscuous sex, these activities make ones life miserable. It generally takes years and years for the individual to realize this and understand that their life is wasted and that the things they are choosing to do is what is making them unhappy and lead a miserable life. God's way is the only way to true and everlasting happiness. Some people have to find this out for themselves. It's sad really that more people won't take God's word for it. As if they know better. Silly humans. Until tomorrow.