Devotion – February 4, 2016 – Natural Consequences

proverbs1_29,31Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD … they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
—Proverbs 1:29,31

As a parent, there are generally two ways I discipline my daughter.  Sometimes I impose a consequence for her actions such as sitting in time out or losing electronics for the day.  Other times, however, I don’t have to impose anything.  Nature takes care of it for me.  I simply have to get out the way, just not step in and prevent the natural consequence.

Sin has natural consequences both here on earth and in eternity.  If you rob a bank, you may end up in jail.  If you lie to a friend, you may lose that friendship.  If you steal from work, you may get fired.  Of course these are all temporary consequences.  The biggest consequence of our sin is eternal condemnation.

God will often allow the temporary natural consequences in order to draw us to Himself.  Even this discipline is out of love because, thankfully, when it comes to the eternal, natural consequence, God stepped in.  Through Jesus’ work on the cross, He stopped the natural consequence of eternal condemnation for all who believe in Him.

Dear Jesus,

I don’t like the natural consequences for my sin, but I know that I caused them.  Please forgive me for my sin so that, while I may face some temporary, natural consequences now, I know I will not face the ultimate consequence for my sin.  Thank you for standing in my place and taking that consequence for me.

Amen

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