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Sin causes self-inflicted chaos in our lives. It can be fun for a moment, but after it’s all over, we suffer the unpleasant repercussions. In today’s reading in Psalm 106, we see how Israel’s rebellion directly resulted in God’s judgment on them.
“Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn’t wait for his counsel! In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland. So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it.”
Psalms 106:13-15 NLT
When the grace of God is undeservedly extended to us, we need to respond by seeking out God’s will, and not our own. Unfortunately, the Israelites chose the latter option. God delivered them from their enemies despite their rebellion against God, but they were ungrateful. So, God woke them up with a plague.
“So he declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.”
Psalms 106:23 NLT
God gives us many opportunities to turn from our sin. It’s amazing that Moses, of whom these people were jealous (v. 16), himself intervened and asked God to spare them. But they kept rebelling and eventually were destroyed (v. 43).
The more we walk into a specific sin, the closer we get to ruin.
God has abundant grace on our lives, but we must make every effort to live in His truth daily. When we are convicted that something we are doing is sin, that is our cue to stop. And if we continue to reap a particular sin, we will sow long-lasting consequences.
What habitual sin in your life do you need to turn from? What steps are you taking to bring your darkness into the light? Which brother or sister is helping you along the way?