Have you ever blatantly done someone dirty, and it come back to bite you in the butt? I know I have, on more than one occasion I’m sure; but today, I can only think of one.
I was about nineteen, and worked for a distant relative. That summer, I wanted to go to the beach with some friends, but didn’t have the money. I asked my boss if I could borrow $250.00, and he gave it to me with no hesitation. You can tell this was a long time ago if $250.00 can pay for a beach trip. Anyway, I went to the beach and had a big time! When I got back, paying the money back was definitely not my priority. I didn’t forget, I just didn’t do it! I wanted to keep MY money.
Years later, during one of the times when I had decided it was time to be “good”, Steve, Tuck and I went to church. We went to the church I had grown up in; which happened to be where my former boss went. Every time I would see him, I felt horrible! He never said a word about it, or treated me bad, but the ‘bite in the butt’ I mentioned earlier, felt like shark’s teeth, and it hurt!! I felt like scum of the earth.
I decided, right then and there, that I would pay him back. As soon as I got the money, I gave it to him. It’s not that he needed that money, he had plenty. The fact was, it was his! I owed it to him and I knew I had to make things right. I didn’t really know WHY I had to make things right, I just knew I had to. What I didn’t realize was that even before God was a priority to me, while I was acting like a spoiled brat; I was a priority to Him, and He loved me enough to teach me a lesson.
I’m thankful that we serve a God who, even when we’re not thinking of Him, never forgets about us. He loves us enough to teach us lessons. The process is rarely ever pleasant, and it hardly ever feels good; but the end result, (God’s will) is always good! He makes all things (even things we screw up) work together for our good.
Read this, and take it in! this here’s good stuff! Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this. Prov 3:5-12. The Message
Thank You Lord, that you love us enough to discipline us. You are good and fair!