“The Levites who went far from me when Israel went astray and who wandered from me after their idols must bear the consequences of their sin.” –Ezekiel 44:10
If someone greets Lexi on our walk, he may have a few moments’ satisfaction—if he doesn’t mind the jumping and the thrashing tail. It’s gratifying to have a dog’s affection. Then the stranger walks away, leaving me to deal with the consequences: an over-excited, over-stimulated dog who jumps on me, bites her leash, and growls at my feet. She’s so ecstatic that she can’t contain herself. It takes several minutes for Lexi to regain her self-control. Strangers don’t understand the consequences of saying hello. We don’t always understand the consequences of our sin. Maybe we just walk away, leaving others to deal with the consequences of our actions. But walking with God means not walking away. Instead we face the consequences of our sin. We seek forgiveness and try to set things right. Once Lexi has recovered from her excitement, then we can keep walking together. Once we have repented of our sin, then we can keep walking with God.
Dear God, Help me not to walk away but to bear the consequences of my sins. Amen