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New Life Daily Devotion - Mar. 14, 2010

  • 2010 Mar 14
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Facing Consequences
1 Samuel 15:10-23

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Part of admitting our wrongs involves having to consider and to accept the consequences of our actions. We may want to deny our wrongs and try to justify them. We may feel wrongly accused and defensive as we try to escape the accountability we must surely face some day.

Saul was the first king of Israel. At his coronation the people were told, "Now if you fear and worship the LORD and listen to his voice, and if you do not rebel against the LORD's commands, then both you and your king will show that you recognize the LORD as your God" (1 Samuel 12:14). But Saul disobeyed the Lord. "Then the LORD said to Samuel, 'I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command'_" (15:10-11). When Samuel confronted Saul, he denied doing any wrong and put up his defenses. So Samuel replied, "Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king" (15:23). Saul then led his entire family and country into years of civil war, as he fought to remain king. He finally died at his own hand, surrounded by enemy troops. His three sons died with him.

There's no escaping the consequences of our actions. But, when we admit our wrongs and face the consequences, we may spare ourselves and our loved ones years of additional pain.

Though we may not escape the consequences of our actions, we can experience God's forgiveness.

 
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