Words from the Heart for Monday August 19th, 2019
Your own conduct and actions have brought this on you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!
Jeremiah 4:18 (NIV)
Bringing it on Ourselves
Have you noticed that some people bring things on themselves? Take, for example, the story of a drunk driver in Abbotsford, B.C. who is getting no sympathy from the local police. Abbotsford Police say the suspect pulled his vehicle over beside what he thought was a taxi, jumped in and muttered, “get me outta here buddy, cops are everywhere tonight.” Turns out the taxi was actually an idling police car, and the officer wasted no time in taking the man directly to jail. Gotcha!
God gets blamed for all sorts of things. When tragedy hits, brought on by human carelessness or disobedience, people ask where God was and why didn’t He prevent the tragedy from happening? We will never have an answer to that question, and I often wonder how many times God has intervened to prevent a tragedy, but because the tragedy didn’t occur, we don’t recognize how God intervened. First Corinthians 13 reminds us that until we appear in Glory, we see dimly. Jeremiah 4:18 reminds us that we live in a broken world, and our sin does have consequences: “Your own conduct and actions have brought this on you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!” How sadly true it is that our own sinfulness and disobedience often brings with it grief and regret. How much wiser are we when we invite the Holy Spirit to fill us with His grace and power, so that when temptation comes, we can walk in victory. God does not want our hearts filled with bitterness and grief. He is willing and able to fill our hearts with His presence, peace and joy.
These have been words from the heart.