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Jan 20 2010

Consequences of Our Decisions

I happened to stumble upon a site last night that had to do with Jesus.  The title of the site appeared to have something to do with hardship or difficulty in a person’s walk.  While that was not what I was looking for, I clicked on it and as I read, my jaw dropped.  It was an atheist site and oh the things they said about salvation, our Lord and God and people who believe in God.  I won’t repeat any of it as it adds nothing to what I want to talk about.

As I read through the discussion, I was reminded of things I did in my childhood and early adulthood years.  I gave no thought to the consequences of my actions.  For instance, I recall a time when I was about 13 years old.  I lived back east and it was  in the middle of winter.  A lot of snow and great for sledding.  I remember taking a sled to the top of a hill and sledding down, over the sidewalk, flying through the air right into the street.  I gave no thought to any cars that might come by as I was flying through the air.  I shiver to think of how stupid an act that was.  There was no ‘near miss’ as I flew through the air landing in the middle of the street.

My little brother who was about 4 or 5 loved trains.  Somehow my brother and the next door neighbor’s little boy took their toy trains and wandered about a mile and a half from our home to a real train track and sat right in the middle of the train track playing with their toy trains.  A police car happened to drive by and saw two little boys playing in the middle of the train tracks.  They realized they did something wrong as the cop put them in his car but they wouldn’t tell the cop where they lived.  The cop convinced these two little boys to tell him where they lived  by promising to turn on his siren.

So what do these two stories have to do with the site that I ran across last night?  It has to do with having no thought as to the consequences of our actions.  I know that I gave no thought to a car coming down the street as I flew through the air on my sled.  I was doing something that was fun for a 13 year old.  My little brother and his little friend gave no thought to the consequences of playing on an active train track.  And the people on that site have no thought to the consequences of the ugly words that they were speaking.  I got away with my stupid act of flying through the air into the middle of the street as did my brother and his little friend.  God protected us from our stupid choices.  And right now, these people are also experiencing His protection for God has the ability to strike them at this moment for those ugly words they speak against the Creator of all that there is.  But He doesn’t.  The site is active and is full of hate towards God and towards any of us that name Christ as our Lord and Savior.  With sadness I read the site and quietly left.

As I was young when I sledded into the middle of the street, I really was oblivious to the real consequences of my actions though certainly at 13, I was more aware than my little 5 year old brother and his little friend when they chose to play with their toy trains on an active train track.  I liken it  to as if I had one of those horse blinders on and the only thing I really saw was how fun it was to fly through the air.  This is the same with these people on that site – they are blind to the consequences of their actions.  We can come up with all sorts of reasons why they are doing this but in the end, scripture tells us that they do not have spiritual eyes to see and do not have ears to hear.

There are some things that have no consequences.  I was protected and did not have to pay any consequences to my stupid sledding  idea.  For now, anyone who does not repent and turn to Christ for redemption does not pay the consequences.  Many do have happy and productive lives.  But oh how short our lives are compared to the endlessness of eternity.

I’ve blogged these types of subjects several times and I guess I hope that even if no one says anything to me, they will at least stop for a moment and consider the possibility that God will do exactly as He says He will in the scriptures.  Turn to Him for salvation and be saved or reject Him and perish.

  • And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Acts 2:21 (ESV)

There have been times in my life that I have looked back and said to myself “if only I had done such and such.”  Alas, it is too late.  What is done is done and I cannot turn the clock back.  I am sure that we all have been in that situation.  And to step into eternity without the salvation that God offers – well, it is too late at that point.  The choices we make in this life cannot be undone once we all take that inevitable step into eternity.

  • And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls. Joel 2:32 (ESV)

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  1. Margaret

    Tishrei,

    God’s grace was definitely at work in all those instances….. It’s sad that the people of this world don’t recognize God’s mercy and grace in their every day living….. Instead, they choose to be hateful and ungrateful….. Thank you for posting this.

    Margaret

    1. Tishrei

      I agree, God’s grace and mercy is certainly at work in all these instances.

  2. Loren

    Your story reminds me of a similar one from my childhood involving a hill that we called “Dead man’s hill.” The “game” was that you would ride your bike to the top of dead man’s hill and then ride down it as fast as you could, blowing through the stop sign at the bottom, hoping that there were no cars coming (there were trees covering the corners of the crossroads, making it a truly blind intersection).

    To a bunch of 8 year old boys, this was a great test of true courage. I, too, thank God that He protected us from our stupidity. One thing that was kind of interesting was the fact that we never went down dead man’s hill when the other kids weren’t around. I mean, what was the point of displaying your ability to “laugh in the face of death” if nobody was there to witness it?

    We all sought the approval and validation from the other boys for our “defiant feats of valor”….kind of makes you wonder if this sort of thinking might not be involved with these folks who are so fond of parading their defiance of God on the websites like the one you mentioned.

    1. Tishrei

      Wow Loren. God was looking out for you youngsters, that’s for sure. Makes me think back to my own childhood and I wonder where on earth I ever came up with some of the ideas that I did and managed to live through it, LOL. Actually, like I said to Liz, I believe God has a special hand of protection on the little children so they have a chance to survive into adulthood.

      You know, I had not thought about it … maybe they are taking the “defiant” attitude towards God.

      When I started looking at that site, I really had no idea what it was ‘really’ about. I really though it was going to be about people’s difficulty in their walk with the Lord.

  3. reverent1

    Great post! God bless

    1. Tishrei

      Thanks for stopping by.

      God bless you too!

  4. Liz

    this is a great wake up call post so to speak. even now as an adult i find myself doing things andnot thinking of the future out come. Something God is defenitly working on with me.

    as a kid I did many a dumb thing.Just because it seemed fun in that moment. But later yes the consequences were no laughing matter.

    1. Tishrei

      Hi Liz,

      Whatever we do here in the temporal, while the consequences may be difficult but as long as we place our faith in Him, our eternity is set. My prayer is that people at least think about it while they have the opportunity.

      Oh my, the stunts that I pulled as a kid — well, I think God has His hand of protection on children for children do survive into adulthood despite what we do, LOL.

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