Consequences are brutal things!
A consequence is the outcome or result of our choices. In other words, you can’t jump off the top of the Empire State Building and there not be consequences! You can’t plant a bramble bush and expect apples. You can’t overeat and refuse to train and then compete in a marathon and expect to win (or even finish!). You can’t… (I could go on, but get the point?)
Oh, one more… You can’t live a life of rebellion and sin, rejecting the Savior, and expect to be in heaven one day!
Consequences… we all have experienced them. I’ve got a list I’ve experienced… won’t go into detail… But let me tell you, despite God’s forgiveness I have some regrets! So did Apostle Paul. He said, “I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:9) He went on to say in another place, “formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus Christ. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost!” (1 Timothy 1:13-15) Even Peter, although forgiven, had deep regrets over his denial of Jesus.
There are consequences (and they can be and are brutal)!
Just read today in my Bible about the sad, sad, consequences of disobedience and rebellion in the life of a promising, anointed leader – King Saul (first King of Israel) in 1 Samuel 15. Saul decided to disobey and rebel. When confronted by Samuel, he only repented to save face. As a result, God’s enabling Spirit departed from him! He was tormented by an evil spirit. The kingdom was eventually torn from his hands and given to another! Consequences!
What should we do when we experience and face the consequences of some decision or action of ours? My suggestion? Face it! Accept it! Don’t excuse it! In fact, exercise true repentance (repentance is not simply to saying, “I’m sorry” – true repentance means turning from sin!) Then we should seek and trust in God’s steadfast love and mercy! He will forgive… He promised to! (1 John 1:8-9) Then begin to live a life of obedience… sustained obedience… regardless of the consequences of our actions.
Sure wish Saul in the Bible would have done that… If he had I believe his story would have ended differently… Perhaps his story would have been more like David’s (you recall he was a sinner too… and experienced some sad consequences for his sin).