Sometimes you reap what you sow. If you sow good, you reap good. But if you sow bad, you reap bad. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "The Blessed Lame Man," which is based on II Samuel 9:6-8, 13, is that, "We should be mindful of humility, blessings, and lameness."
In this devotional, let's focus on how some “lameness” is a product of our own behavior. Sometimes we have contributed to our lameness by either our misdeeds or lack of good deeds (see Gal. 6:7).
There are those who have HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases because they were having sex outside of marriage, or because they were taking drugs with unclean needles.
There are some who suffer all kinds of health challenges, because they refused to exercise, to eat a proper diet, and then they added smoking and drinking on top of that.
I remind us that smoking is killing us. Those who smoke are dying. And those who breathe in the smoke of others are dying. The reason for supporting a smoke free country ought to be obvious. Smoking is causing lameness.
There are some who are living in poverty or barely making it, because they did not apply themselves in school, they were not giving their job their best effort, and the little money they did get, they spend all of it on consumer items and none was saved or invested.
You may be hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in debt, come February and March, because of holiday spending. Sometimes our lameness and challenges have to do with circumstances beyond our control, and sometimes you are simply learning the truth of “you reap what you sow.”
Self Examination 1. Can you see how sometimes your problem, your lameness, has to do with your own actions. Give an example or two.
2. What are you going to do to improve in this area?
Prayer Great and awesome God, the One who loves me, in spite of my sinful decisions. It is to You that I pray. Thank You for not giving up on me, even when I chose to disobey Your will for my life.
I confess that I have made some sinful turns in my life. I know what it means that “you reap what you sow.” Please forgive me. Help me to live a more obedient life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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