Monday, September 15, 2014

Psalms 85:8 -- On Avoiding Folly

"I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly."
Psalms 85:8

This is a good reminder that the Lord loves us and wants to have us around.  He forgives us and heals us, and he wants us to be at peace.  But we risk everything when we commit sin and make bad choices.  We might intend to come back later; we might still love God... but choosing to walk off the path can cloud our minds and destroy those good intentions.  How many people have only intended to take a look at a side road or a stream near the path, and gotten completely lost?  When God forgives us, we are amazingly blessed and lucky to have that renewal and cleansing and additional chance.  It's a miracle to be able to crawl out of the wreckage of our lives and be okay.  Let's not intentionally get into another head on collision.
When we get back on the path, let's remember that there is some opportunity cost for bad choices.  We missed learning good things while we were undoing bad things.  It's awesome to be clean and whole and headed in the right direction, but we need to remember that every choice matters, and not jump back into sin thinking that repentance is easy, so might as well do a few more laps in the sludge.
Today, let's listen to God and hear what he has to say.  Let's be obedient and take advantage of the opportunities we have to learn good things and to become stronger and more confident in the gospel.  Let's not fall back into folly.

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