Jul 2, 2017

It Wasn't My Fault: He Hit Me: I Didn't Hit Him

Who did that evil thing that happened to me?
People who do evil things will suffer for their sin.

But, of course, God can and does bring blessing and suffering, gain and loss into our lives, for us to deal will. And surely there are those whose willful sins leave the door open for Satan to bring in pain and turmoil. But it is my opinion that most of the bad or good we accomplish in life is the result of our own actions or lack thereof. Even as a fruit tree produces fruit and a thorn tree produces thorns, but God can "nourish the one and hinder the other. As Jesus said in Matt.7:17, "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit." 

Jesus wasn't that concerned with what trees do but was using them as an example of what humans do. And we all know God's law of sowing and reaping ... "Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Gal.6:7. It works every time.... sooner or later.

The truth is, we, ourselves are usually our own worst enemy. Most of our suffering, not all of it, is of our own making. However, the natural inclination of our fleshly mind is to take full credit for our successes, blame someone else for our failures, see their faults plainly but bury our own. Or, on the other hand, justify ourselves in the offenses we cause and lay off the guilt onto someone we don't like who happened to be nearby at the time.  "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Rom.14:12.

I believe that most suffering, which falls upon us as a result of sin, is as automatic as brokenness is delivered by God's Law of gravity,
not God, when a person jumps from a ten story building onto the sidewalk below. The destruction and death are a result of the violating of the law of gravity. God doesn't have to punish that mistake, gravity, height, and concrete do the job automatically. Even so, sin has within itself the seed of its own punishment and destruction. "The wages of sin is death...." Rom.6:23. God created the laws of nature and the laws contained in his word. They are inviolatatable (my word) without their accompanying, automatic retribution, moderated only by repentance and God's forgiveness. I say "moderated" because most often, even when a sinner repents, he must still suffer pain, loss or jail for his crime but now has God's grace on his side.

If Jesus' words in Luke 6:38, "Give, and it shall be given unto you...." are true, and they are, the opposite is also true, "Take and it shall be taken from you." Again... "We reap what we sow".

Drive through the red lights and STOP signs and you will quickly kill your own self. Don't blame the other guy or God. You did it.

God doesn't have to hurt us, we hurt ourselves, or someone else does. In which case, they, in turn, reap what they sowed. Neither God nor you have to seek them out and get even. They will automatically receive the wages of their sin here, in this life,  and eternal judgment in the next.

Though the wicked seem to get away with their evil, without any visible punishment, God's Law of sowing and reaping is a marble column reaching from earth to heaven and stands firm. Sin Suffers.
However long the punishment is delayed, it will be meted out, in its own time. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Ecc.8:11.

It Wasn't My Fault; He Hit Me
                    'Typical Story" By Rayburn

I was on my way home from Sunday School with my Bible.
I had slowed down to 20 when I passed that STOP sign and 
sped up to get across that four-lane highway as fast as I could.
But all those speeding cars and trucks were driving recklessly 
as they swerved, skidded and dodged each other all around me.
Their faces looked crazy and they screamed and cursed at me...
for no reason. Then this one reckless old guy came skidding into the side of my car and totaled it. So it wasn't my fault. He should have to pay because HE hit me ... I did not hit him.  RB

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