Certainty of Retribution

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Daily Reading: 2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22, Romans 8:26-39, Psalm 18:37-50. Proverbs 19:27-29

Daily Verse: “Condemnation is ready for scoffers and beating for the backs of fools.” Prov. 19:29

Certainty of retribution.

“What goes around comes around,” Mom said whenever I came home with a relational hurt. Unfortunately, we don’t always see the “come around” part of that saying. Often, the offender seems to get off without any penalty. But according to Solomon, scoffers get what they deserve.

In sixth grade, Mr. Morgan paddled my behind for tilting my chair back on two legs and acting like a clown. My lack of respect for his authority caused judgment to fall upon me, one I deserved.

People who turn their back on God, not respecting His authority, and scoff at Him will receive judgment. As Mr. Morgan punished me for my poor behavior, fools will receive their just dues. How, when, where, and what I don’t know; the Lord handles those details.

As followers of Christ, Jesus took the beating for us. He received the punishment we deserve. Living a life of submission to the Lord starts with gratitude for what He did for us. Sharing God’s grace and mercy with people helps others find the same gift we’ve received.   

Lord, thank You for taking on our sins and giving us freedom with Your death and resurrection. Help us not take offense but instead share the grace and mercy You’ve given us with others. May our actions help Your Kingdom grow. IJNIP. Amen

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