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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by Richard (Dick) Innes of ACTS International.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Consequences of Sin

"I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from You [God]. To You the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to You."1

I have read how, "Two fellows were driving a delivery truck down a road when they came to a tunnel. The sign above said: 'Warning: Maximum Height 10 feet zero inches,' so they got out and measured their truck. Unfortunately, the truck was just over 12 feet high.

"They didn't know what to do, when finally one of them looked in both directions and said, 'I don't see any police, let's go for it!'"

The result was obvious.

I guess far too many of us knew very well we shouldn't do a certain thing or commit a certain sin, but we did it anyhow because we thought no one was watching.

We may not have seen the immediate effects but we always reap what we sow—even if it is eventually. Furthermore, acting wrong too often because no one is watching can easily become a habit.

As George Dana Boardman wisely said, "Sow an act ... reap a habit; Sow a habit ... reap a character; Sow a character ... reap a destiny."

The reality is that we can never hide from God. He sees all. He knows all. And He judges all unless we confess our sins and receive His forgiveness. As God's Word also says, "Be sure your sin will find you out."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me always to be honest with myself and with You and always do good and refrain from doing bad, not because anyone is watching or not watching, but because I believe in doing right and living in harmony with Your will. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 139:11-12 (NLT).
2. Numbers 32:23


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