Daily Devotion, 05/31/2018, “The Grand Canyon of Consequences”
Colossians 3:25 NIV The person who does wrong will be paid back for the wrong he has done. God does not play favorites.
When I was hiking in the Grand Canyon a few years back, I was awestruck by the shear vastness of the place. The consequential effect of wind and water on the sandstone there was erosion over time. The consequences of our choices often follow a similar timeline.
Because of the reckless love and amazing grace of our “Good, Good Father,” we tend to forget that He is also just. Because He is just and because He gives us the free will to make choices, there are inescapable consequences to the choices we make. Because “God does not play favorites,” consequences come regardless of what our intentions are, regardless our knowledge of this principle and even regardless our faith in God. If you make bad choices, there will be bad outcomes. It really is that simple.
Paul writes in Galatians 6:7, “Don’t be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps whatever he sows.” What you choose to plant it in your life will certainly produce a crop of consequences. It may take some time to take root, spring up, grow tall and produce the consequential fruit, but it most certainly will at some point. Because we don’t always see immediate consequences, we can be deceived into thinking there aren’t any. Regardless of how long it takes, the erosion of our relationships, our health, our reputation, our effectiveness for God and so on will be easily seen at some point.
The good news is that this same principle can work for you. If you plant good seed, you will grow good crops. (See Galatians 6:7-9) The great news is that the eternal consequences for your choices were paid by Jesus on the cross.
May you choose wisely this day. May you plant good seed with every thought, word and deed. May the hope of the harvest be your motivation. May the Lord of the harvest be your strength.
You are loved!