Sunday, January 4, 2015

Choices Have Consequences

While at the service tonight we read from Psalm 84:4-6 which says, "How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah.  (5)  How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion!  (6)  Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings."

The verses are speaking of those who go through the Valley of Baca which means "weeping". The verse may be referring to the tears of those who are passing through forming streams or wells, or it may also be an encouragement for those who are passing through to make a stream or well for those who will follow. I favor the latter which would mean that all those passing through difficult times should praise the Lord with those who follow in mind.

That being said, when I read it, it reminded me of 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 which says, "For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;  (4)  that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,  (5)  not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;  (6)  and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you."

These verses are reminding us that when one falls into immorality, they never do so alone. There is always collateral damage when it comes to immorality because it usually involves another person, thus "defrauding his brother in the matter."

So, how are these verses similar? The choices that we make have to the potential to either leave wells or destroy those around us.


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