Bread – Payday

February 19, 2016


Psalm 7

“Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.  He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.  His mischief returns upon his own head, and his own skull his violence descends.”  Ps. 7:14-16

Psalm 7 actually begins and ends positively, beginning with “O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge…” and ending with “…and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.”

That being the case and this being Friday, February 19, 2016, why don’t I focus on ending the week on an up note rather than a down note talking about wicked men, evil, mischief, lies, pits, and violence?

Maybe because both are reality, often at the same time, and to appreciate the good we need to also understand the bad.

Ask yourself this question, when you have done something bad, when you have conceived evil, been pregnant with mischief (don’t you love the imagery!), birthed your own lies, dug your own pit and fallen into it, have you ever not been caught?

Before you say “yes,” I want you to think about pits and falling into them.  When you have fallen into a pit, hasn’t it usually been (and probably always been) of your own making?  Oh, you may have had help – assistants, co-conspirators, aiders, abetters, and the like – but when you fall into a pit, haven’t you always had a hand in digging it?

So, how often have you gotten away from the consequences of your evil, your mischief, your lies, your own pits and violence?

I would daresay never for the following reasons: (a) someone has caught you and challenged you with it, (b) you have caught yourself and either have let it cause you to come to repentance or you have let its poison filter throughout your life and relationships until you are miserable (falling into your own pit), or (c) God has caught you.

We answer to others, we answer to ourselves, and we answer to God.  We never answer to nobody.

And in case we miss the real point, when we think we have gotten away with it (whatever “it” is), we may have done so in the short term (because our pit is shallow and really not very obvious, particularly if we don’t look at it).  And we may have gotten away with it in the medium term (because our pit, although deep, can be avoided by giving wide berth to it and walking around it).  But we never get away with it in the long term because of a simple concept called “judgment.”

There will be a payday for our evil, our mischief, our lies, our violence, and our pit-digging.  It may be tonight while we try to go to sleep and what is brought to mind are amends we need to make.  I may be tomorrow morning while we confess our sins before our God who knows them already anyway.  It may be next year while we try to deal with an ulcer, a failed marriage or family relationship, addiction, depression, or other pit we may have fallen into.  It may not be until we die and confront judgment.

But one day there will be a payday.

On that payday, will we receive the wages of sin or the gift of life?

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© 2016 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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