March 13th, 2012
“…your children will pay for your faithlessness…” — “…the entire family is affected — even children in the third and fourth generations.” Numbers 14:33, 18
“I’m not hurting anyone but myself!” How often have we heard those words, or said them ourselves in a petulant effort to justify some irresponsible or sinful behavior? After all, “It’s my life! Right?”
But God makes it very clear that no man is an island. My life has a ripple effect on all those in my path. I may hide my behaviors, habits, thoughts and attitudes. I may think I’m getting away with them. But God warns that we will reap what we sow! And, sadly, those we love most may be the ones who end up paying the highest price for the choices and decisions we make.
The damnation of our own souls is not all that is at stake here! Can I bear the thought of my children and grandchildren living out the consequences of my disobedience to God?
PONDER: What am I hiding from God and others? What in my life is more important to me than yielding to Christ and obeying Him? Is it worth the price my children and grandchildren may pay physically, emotionally, or spiritually for my indulgence?
PRAYER: Lord, I give You full access to every part of my life. Cleanse me. Change me. Free me. May those who follow after me experience the blessings You promised to a thousand generations of those who love You.