October 11: Avoiding the Inevitable

Read Zechariah 5:1-11

Thunder, lightning, smoke, and a trembling earth had all been part of Moses’ experience centuries before as he climbed Sinai and received the Ten Commandments. God wrote the Commandments on tablets of stone with His own finger. (See Ex. 19, 20.)

Fast forward about 800 years to the time of Zechariah. While the focus is on a flying, two-sided scroll rather than tablets of stone, the content is much the same. You see, both the scroll and the tablets contained statements about lying and about taking what does not belong to you. The tablets had contained the commands not to “bear false witness” and not to “steal.” The scroll described the consequences for doing either . . . a curse . . . a curse that would destroy entire households.

Those sins are prevalent still today. The truth is twisted to cast a more positive light on an individual or situation. Things . . . including those less tangibles like information, computer programs, or even songs . . . are still taken without a second thought. Of course, lying and stealing are but two of countless sins that the Bible makes clear. They exist among many sins that people today rationalize away with scarcely a pang of conscience. And because the consequences, in some instances, appear to be neither immediate nor devastating, a person may not correct his or her course.

God’s Word assures us, however, that there is an inviolable law. It is a principle that will always, in every situation, hold true. It is the law of sowing and reaping. Paul expresses it in the New Testament book of Galatians:

“Do not be deceived: A man reaps what he sows” (Gal. 6:7).

Just as the one who plants corn does not harvest beans, so too, the one who sows sin cannot expect to reap reward. Somewhere, somehow, sometime the one who sows to the flesh will reap punishment. The one who sows thoughts, words, and actions that please the Holy Spirit will reap blessing.

Is that law really unbreakable? Thankfully, there is one thing that changes the outcome of sin. It averts the inevitable punishment and destruction. That one thing is grace offered to us through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. When we, by faith and in repentance, embrace His sacrifice on our behalf, He grants forgiveness rather than punishment.

Thank you, Jesus!

sbk

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I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 31 years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in high school, and a grandson. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio. www.woostergrace.org
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