I often look around and shake my head at all the bad decisions being made and the natural consequences that follow. On top of that, people’s complete surprise that the poor choices led to painful results.
People tend to say that’s karma. It’s actually sowing and reaping.
Karma is paying for sins from a past life. Sowing and reaping is doing something, and then having to deal with the consequences.
It can be good, like depositing money into a savings account, spending time with your spouse and kids rather than working all the time, or taking time to invest in others.
It’s generally bad. Actually, these just get more attention than good decisions. We don’t stare at good drivers, but we do gawk at car wrecks.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:7-10
What’s sad is I’ve seen my 5-year-old goddaughter understand that if she does bad things then she faces the consequences of her actions better than adults.
I’ve also heard adults complain as much as any kid. When caught breaking a rule or acting irresponsibly, the excuses will roll.
We don’t like rules, as Americans, or as humans. My question to you is, have you ever thought about why God has rules in place?
I think of them as boundaries, fences to protect from negative consequences. Like a fence around a pool to keep a toddler from drowning. God’s laws are to keep us safe.
We’re going to look at a few of the commandments.
“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
Why? Because God is the ultimate and fulfilling good. Anything less cannot satisfy. We are all too easily bored. We can have our every wish and dream come true and still feel empty. Asking ourselves, ‘Is this all there is to life?’
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.” Exodus 20:8-10
We’re not machines. We need rest or we’ll burn out and die. Stress is a killer that wrecks the body.
Here’s one that should be simple.
“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14
For one, you’ll emotionally destroy your spouse. The marriage will be wrecked. My divorced friends have said that the grief from it is like the grief of death.
You can end up with kids from that illicit union. To the cheated-on spouse, that can be a constant point of pain as they’re reminders of infidelity.
Or you could end up with a sexually transmitted disease that may be incurable. Then you gave it to your spouse because you didn’t know. All this never would happen if you had only had sex with your spouse.
God’s not being a buzzkill. He’s trying to protect us. Guess what, you can be as freaky as you want…as long as it’s only with your spouse. Read Songs of Solomon if you don’t believe me.
The issue with people is we’re very messy, broken, and rebellious.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9
Jesus said this about the heart, “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”
Everyone needs Jesus. We as Christians also have to remember that sinners are going to sin. We’re going to sin. Saved people sin. We should be doing it a lot less, though.
If we don’t act differently from the world, then we have failed as salt and light in the world.
God’s the author of reality, don’t you think He knows how it works best?