When we fail to do what we ought, then we ought to expect the consequences.
Consequences are a fact, and regardless of what we may think about them, at some point “The Hammer” falls. The consequences are applied regardless of our feelings about their fairness.
A good example of delayed consequences can be found in Exodus 32:33-35: “The Lord replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book.
Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”
“ And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.” (NIV)
God may put off momentarily what we have coming, but oftentimes the delayed consequences are far worse than they might ever have been if we would have just taken them as originally prescribed. When we run from God we are engaged in a futile flight.
God does give us abundant opportunities to repent and turn from our sins before He sends the consequences for our disobedience.
With all of the wonderful blessings that have been bestowed upon us, why do we always try to look beyond Him and to what man has to offer?
Why is man’s approval, affections and accolades more important than obedience to God?
God delivered His chosen people from the Egyptian bondage in such a spectacular fashion and yet within a short period of time, while Moses was receiving the Law, they began the process of making an idol made by the hands of men to worship.
Why, when we have the presence of God do we chose the mediocrity of mankind?
I wanted to present a few thoughts to meditate upon as we begin the journey of Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah chapter two.