Yesterday my wife and I were coming home from watching our grandkids play Tee ball and my hands were hurting so badly I could barely handle it. Arthritis derived from repeatedly breaking them in fights in my early life had them swollen and hurting.
I was whining to my wife about it and she mentioned that she wished that I could take Aleve, but I cannot due to having Hepatitis C which was contracted from a dirty needle or blood transfusions made necessary by a car crash in which I was drunk. More consequences!
My body is reminding me of my many sins decades after perpetuating them. I can hardly walk in the mornings until I’ve taken a hot bath. I walk around stiff legged and stooped over like my old lab Bear until I get loosened up.
I was thinking of this dilemma this morning as I dreaded getting up and feeling the pain, I came to the realization that God could have let me die in my sins, but instead wonderfully saved me. For sure I didn’t get away unscathed, but the pain I’ve endured lately is a nice little reminder that there are consequences for sin.
I wish I would have lived my entire life for the Lord, but at least I have a plethora of real life stories to warn others of leading a life of folly. The problem with most of us is we don’t seem to want to listen until the consequence catches up with us. But not always! My sons and their sons and daughters did not follow my ways and I cannot help but believe that it is in no small part due to the fact that I was determined that they would take a different path and constantly harped on it while they were growing up, (and indeed now), I did this so much that they began to go the other way when they saw me coming.
Train your children up in the Lord. It is never too late for anyone as my life demonstrates, but I can tell you from experience it is a heck of a lot easier to avoid the evil life in the beginning than to become a slave to it and then try to escape. (Satan does not just release you and forget about you.)
One thing that will help for sure is to get them deeply connected with a great church. Take your kids to church this Sunday where they can meet some friends that love the Lord. While you’re at it, do the same thing for yourself. If you want to go to a good church, try Honey Lake Church; it is my favorite for sure. If not there, find one somewhere and go there Sunday and enjoy the day. Have a great weekend!
Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways!
April 24, 2015 – Click here to listen