Choices have consequences. This has become such a common statement in my world following a statement that was made by US top diplomat as Kenya went into elections. This statement has come to mean different things to different people depending on the political divide you sympathize with. For those who are sympathizers of the current administration, they will often be heard ridiculing this statement. For those against the current administration, every time there is an event that is going wrong, this statement is thrust into the open as a reminder of how the administration is all wrong.
Yet, this statement, regardless which world you are from is very true. Choices have consequences. God made our lives in such a way that we are always making a choice, exercising free will, and in the process the consequences of the choices will always follow. It’s the reason Moses tells the Israelites “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God.”
It’s a slow fade
Life is full of choices and each of them have consequences. This is what God is reminding me in this season. Yet in most cases we never make choices overnight, we walk into the choices many times subconsciously. I love this song by casting crown, ‘it’s a slow fade”
“It is a slow fade when you give yourself away. It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned gray, thoughts invade,, choices are made, a price will be paid…people never crumble in a day”
This is a very sobering song. I see this in the life of David. It is that time of the year when Kings normally go out to war; however David is home instead. Unknown to him, with this distraction from what he should be doing, his slow fades has started. Next he sees this gorgeous woman taking a bath, then the eyes could not help but take a second glance; slow fade no 2. Casting crowns will at this point say, “Be careful little eyes what you see, it’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings”. He has made a choice in this second glance and the events that follow from this choice are as we know them tough consequences. He sleeps with Bathsheba, this married woman; she gets pregnant; he tries to cheat the husband into sleeping with her to hide his mistake; finally he gets the husband killed. Choices have consequences.
So the consequences begin to fall into place. The child they sire with Bathsheba is dead. The Lord is displeased with him.
But perhaps the consequence of his life that truly saddens my heart is the state of his family. One of his sons, Amnon, rapes the step sister, Tamar! Like the father, Amnon seems not to see why he would exercise self-control; what he wants, he gets.
Sadder is that even after he rapes the sister, David does nothing about it. As a result the other brother, Absalom, decides to avenge the cruelty on his sister so what does he do, he kills this brother. This family seems messed up, yet this is not the end.
Absalom overthrows the father David from power. He attempts to kill the father severally. I do not know that the state of a family can be sadder than this. Choices have consequences. A journey that starts with the King not going out to war to allowing the eyes to entertain itself from a great view becomes this sad story, “Be careful little feet where you go for it’s the little feet behind you are that are sure to follow…be careful little ears what you hear, when flatter leads to compromise, the end is always near….the journey from your mind to your hands is shorter than you’re thinking.
This song and this story sobers me.
Many times I am tempted to play with fire; the warmth of the fireplace is too alluring. Many times I ask what harm is there in being a member of this dance club do, I am just a fan of the music anyway; what harm is there in being a fan of this violent music, it’s just music anyway; what harm does this sexualized movie do; what harm does indulging in several drinks do; what harm does me sleeping with the guy do; what harm does me flirting with the married guy do, I am just enjoying being a lady anyway; what harm does dating this guy am unequally yoked with do?
Yet it’s a slow fade. It’s the small seeds that grow into a fight over self-control. It is the small steps that I will later be fighting. Life is about boundaries.
Yet even with all these, what I struggle with is that then I can live a very legalistic life. It is the reason we Christian live by rules and regulations. Yet I am a firm believer of the truth in these verses, “Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: ‘Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!’? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence”. I firmly believe that it is for freedom we are saved. I believe the true fruit of salvation is that we do not live lives yoked by dos and don’ts.
So this is my trouble. Recognizing it is a slow fade yet not living by the law but by faith.
Then the Lord reminds me all He requires is for His Spirit to live in me. His Spirit leads me. I do not live by rules and regulations but a conviction and leading of the Spirit. I love this. That all He requires of me is to live under His wing, fully submitted to Him recognizing that it is not by power and it is not by might, but by the Spirit of God. So lead me Lord. The path is often blurry. Lead me Jesus, away from the places that will lead to my fall. “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No‘ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age”