This is a tough one. No it’s not fun to talk about, but I feel I must, So I will.
It’s a simple concept really that I’m sure every if not most parents plan on teaching their children:
Your Choices have Consequences.
A good choice creates good results, a bad (or wrong) choice often produces negative results.
Revolutionary Right? Maybe not. But yet somehow as Christians I believe far too many of us think that we have some sort of “Right” to escape the consequences of this world just because we serve God.
This is not so.
Yes, we serve an Amazing, Loving, Gracious Father but this Father of ours understands Free Will. No, He is not waiting for us to make a mistake and then smite us with his vengeance. He is There ready and waiting to forgive us and help us back on our feet, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences.
Take a Child Learning to Walk for example. Her father is holding her hand the whole way, helping her step by step, and when she wants to venture out on her own what does he do? He let’s her try. And when she stumbles and falls where is he? Ready to punish her? No. He is there ready to put her back on her feet and say “Try Again”.
Sounds beautiful doesn’t it? The problem is we often forget of the consequence that happened naturally in between all of that. Those consequences were: 1)She fell down. 2)She got hurt.
I’m sure any good daddy would give anything to take that hurt away - but it’s a part of Life.
It’s the same with our Heavenly Father, sometimes there are things in life, mistakes we make along our path where He is perfectly capable & willing to pick us up, place us on our feet and say “Try Again”.
But we cannot get mad when we feel as though that doesn’t happen immediately. During the in between stage when all we can feel is the pain -It’s not God, I dare to say it’s not even the Devil.. It’s the simple consequence of our action.
I know some of you are having a field day right now.
“How can you say it’s not the Enemy, It’s the Enemy who made me mess up in the first place, (that one’s my favorite) It’s an Attack from the Enemy” Etc. Etc. Etc.
I’m not saying there aren’t times of battle. If you are sitting in shame and guilt and condemnation over your mistake THAT is the enemy. THAT is what God sent his only son Jesus for. To remove your guilt and to remove your shame, and to set you back on your feet!
What He didn’t send Him for was to remove the possibility of earthly consequences. Put abruptly there is not guarantee that if you…
- Exceed the Speed Limit on the highway - you won’t get a ticket
- Have Sex outside of Marriage - you won’t get pregnant
- Place your hand on the stove - you won’t get burned
These sound ridiculous to us at first glance but I truely believe far too many Christians are living as if the “World’s” Consequences don’t apply to them.
Yes we are Children of the King. Yes our God is Gracious & Loving. But that doesn’t mean that we should be thrown for a loop when we get pulled over for a speeding ticket just because we spent time praying that morning. (I’m using the “speeding ticket” reference because its minute, sadly there are often far bigger trials and consequences because of some of the actions we take outside of God’s will for us).
The best part of all of this is that though there are consequences we will have to face, because we WILL mess up from time to time, our God does have the power to turn them around for good, just remember it is a process. Consequences happen in our lives; Good Consequences and Bad Consequences, it’s the circle of Life my friends, and it’s time as Christians we fess up to it. We are not perfect, but we do serve a perfect Lord.
God forgive us for ever thinking we are above reproach. Forgive us for ever thinking we DESERVE your abundant blessings. Let there always be Less of Me, and More of you.
“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”
- Proverbs 27:12