Collateral Damage–Genesis 37 Final

It is a shame that others must pay the price for our sin.  When we choose to go “rogue” from God, there is inevitably collateral damage.  In the case of Joseph’s brothers, the damage was the destruction of their father.  Interestingly, it was the relationship between Joseph and his dad that drove the brothers to get rid of the boy—somehow, they failed to realize that taking him away would render their dad broken and inconsolable.  I am sure the brothers who focused on their own needs could not comprehend the level of loss their lie caused.

Sadly, sin does that.  It not only separates us from God, but it leaves a wake of damage that ripples far beyond our imagination.  Often, seemingly insignificant acts grow into devastating messes.  Had the person imagined the breadth of damage, they would never have done the act. That is why we are called to choose carefully whom we will serve. If we choose to follow God—great. If we choose to act independently, there is no telling the cost of the choice.  As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

God Bless You

Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”

33 He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.”

34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.

36 Meanwhile, the Midianites[c] sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.

The Wages of Sin–2 Samuel 11 part 2

The saddest part of sin is that it typically affects the lives of many unintended people.  David’s adulterous affair had already changed his course.  He not only made Bathsheba pregnant, but now he killed her husband a very loyal and disciplined soldier. David discounted the lives of Uriah and many other soldiers that day. Sadly, God would never allow him to hide his sin. And no matter what lengths he may take to make it go away, God was not going to allow it to simply disappear.

It is the same in our lives. The greatest reason to live a life worthy of the Gospel is that when revealed it will bring honor to God and joy to us.  When we do not honor God, we will be discovered and it will not honor God or us. In addition, when you live in a manner displeasing to God it not only affects your life, but also the lives of others.  None of us want to hurt others with our lives, but we do when we sin.  Help me, Lord to honor you with my life and please you with my actions.

God Bless You

14 So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. 15 The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.” 16 So Joab assigned Uriah to a spot close to the city wall where he knew the enemy’s strongest men were fighting. 17 And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers…22 So the messenger went to Jerusalem and gave a complete report to David Some of the king’s men were killed, including Uriah the Hittite.” 26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27 When the period of mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her to the palace, and she became one of his wives. Then she gave birth to a son. But the Lord was displeased with what David had done.