Psalm 107 continued…

Some of the redeemed had been sitting in darkness and deep gloom;
they were prisoners suffering in chains
because they had disobeyed God’s instructions
and rejected the Most High’s plans.
So God humbled them with hard work.
They stumbled, and there was no one to help them.
So they cried out to the Lord in their distress,
and God saved them from their desperate circumstances.
God brought them out from the darkness and deep gloom;
he shattered their chains.
Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love
and his wondrous works for all people,
because God has shattered bronze doors
and split iron bars in two!
Psalm 107:10-16

Consequences. Sometimes they’re good and sometimes they’re not so good. Consequences are the results of someone’s choices. They are visited upon us by the choices others make that impact our lives. Take grandchildren for instance. They come into our lives and bring joy to the grandparents but the grand parents have nothing to do with the choice of the parents. On the other hand, many of the consequences we deal with are self inflicted. And again, sometimes good and sometimes bad. The most difficult consequences a Christian will endure is disobedience. A young family visited my office. They were buried under a mountain of financial debt. After hearing their story and discovering the amount of credit card debt they had incurred I asked them if they were tithing. They said that they couldn’t afford to give God anything at this point in their lives. I suggested that they trust God and obey the command to tithe, to give to God first and then trust that He will help them with the consequences of their past choices. They did and they’ve seen God do amazing things. Not long ago, I asked how they were doing and the wife said that God had broken the chains of financial debt! She said that she and her husband even have a little in savings and that they can’t afford not to tithe! You see, God heard their cry and he broke their chains and set them free! This is only one example of people trusting God and obeying Biblical truth and seeing the wonderful consequences of obeying the Loving God they claim to serve. Maybe it’s not financial issues, but if you feel trapped and in prison, ask if the stuff you’re dealing with are your own fault and simply humble yourself and confess. God wants to gather you out of the prison of your own consequences and break the chains that are holding you from moving forward. Trust that He knows your issue and that He will hear your cry. Trust Him today!

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