Sunday, July 5, 2009
A PAINFUL TURNING
We have all heard of or seen those dog collars which, when in place, warn a dog when he is going outside the boundaries established by the owner. There is no need of a fence, the collar emits a shock if the boundary is penetrated.
Did you know that some dogs ignore the warning shocks and continue on their merry way? The owner must then take that dog and drag him back home through the shock field in order to teach him never to trespass again. Although not pleasant, the dog must bear the consequences of his “sin”.
That is exactly what happens when we sin. As we step out on our merry way, heedless of God’s direction, we think we are free. God in His lovingkindness, however, engineers circumstances which only He can create to draw us back to Himself.
Is returning to God after we sin pain-free? Probably not. Repentance and godly sorrow are never easy. Yet that is exactly what is needed so we can be truly free.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret . . . .
II Corinthians 7:10a
Heavenly Father, thank You that there is a way back to You when we sin. Please help me be willing to experience Your sorrow at my waywardness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.