Friday, October 5, 2012

Proverbs 26:27 Right back at ya!

27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
    if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.

Hmmm, this one sounds a lot like "you reap what you sow" doesn't it? I think we can see in the scriptures that the plans men make for evil will sometimes come right back to them, and haunt them!

Remember in the book of Esther, when Haman was planning to do away with Mordecai? He couldn't stand Esther's uncle and was scheming to kill him . . . he ended up being hanged on the very gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai! 
It's often true that the plans of the wicked and of the sinner will catch them in their own traps. Solomon's dad, David, noted this in Psalm 7:15:
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
    their violence comes down on their own heads.
Now, that's not to say that it happens every time, but it does happen! Like the prophets of old, we can point our fingers at those that we think are doing wrong, and get all frustrated with our Father, and say, "Why are they prospering? Why haven't they fallen into their own traps?" But we've talked before about the patience of God as He allows them time to turn to Him.

And in truth, instead of pointing fingers at them, perhaps we should look at our own lives.  As Christians, if we willfully choose to do wrong, and to sin, we can rest assured that our sin will roll back over on us, or in the modern-day vernacular, "it will come back to bite us." Do we say we are Christians? One of the proofs is that the Holy Spirit is living within us --- we won't get away with indulging in sin for very long!

Our conscience, if we are God's children, will bother us when we sin. The thought of our wrong-doing will haunt us. You probably haven't pursued your wickedness long enough for your conscience to be "seared," or callous to the work of the Spirit, so it really bothers you. The old preachers call this conviction -- not a term you hear too often in today's churches, but it's a really good concept. It encompasses the work of the Spirit and the results in your disposition. You are not a happy camper.

But, let's say that you are stubborn (maybe even pig-headed; that is a term my grandma used) and continue in your sin. You turn a deaf ear to the Spirit, and keep pushing on down the path of sin. What happens next? Chastisement. You get caught. Your sin is exposed. Hopefully you are embarrassed and repentant. That is what His chastisement is for --- to get you to turn away from the sin, and turn back in His direction . . . to keep trying to be more like Him.

We need to remember this verse the next time we consider doing something that the Spirit is whispering to us about - words of caution: "don't go there." Especially if our wrong-doing will involve another person.

We can rest assured that the stone we are rolling will roll right back over us!

1 comment:

CATachresis said...

Oh yes! Don’t I know it!! It’s all part of "He who He loves, he chasteneth". x