Today’s scripture selection: First Chronicles 5-9
Key verses: First Chronicles 9:1
“All Israel was listed in the genealogies recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. They were taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness.”
Life has consequences – sometimes very serious ones.
While it makes for difficult reading, all of the sections of the Bible that talk about people being judged or exiled or losing their lives because of their unfaithfulness have this common theme.
This thread – that free choice carries with it responsibility – is an important one to see.
It’s tempting to sit back and cry out “How good a loving God be so unfair! Where’s the compassion? Where’s the love?”
But it seems to me that when we are most tempted to do that – it has something to do with our own unwillingness to accept the consequences of some of our own life choices.
It’s easier to blame
- The bad guy (or gal) who just doesn’t understand us
- Our parents
- Our bad luck and the “rotten cards” we were dealt
- The economy
- Our health or fitness or lack of it
- Just about anyone.
It’s easier to blame (you fill in the blank) than to admit that sometimes we make wrong choices, and suffer the consequences. People get hurt. We get hurt. Our faith-walk gets hurt. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. That’s the bad news.
What’s the good news? A loving, understanding, forgiving God listens when we admit our bad choices and turn back for guidance. It’s called repentance….and grace.
Prayer: Almighty, all loving God, I thank you that you love all your children…even your rebellious ones. AMEN.