(Proverbs 20:17 KJV) Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
We need to think more about the “afterward” (310). Obviously this has an eternal concern but I think Solomon is more focused on the next few moments, days or years. This is not just a spiritual concern but a principle that seeps into every area of life. We are so affluent as a culture that we forget that debts must be paid. We live on credit in our finances. We live on the principle built up by previous generations. Our decisions have consequences even if we don’t see them.
As Christians we should always be asking ourselves what the long term results will be to our decisions and actions. When you have a genuine emergency it is sometimes necessary to charge things you don’t have the money for. The problem is in those two words “genuine emergency”. That does not mean a lack of planning.
So? God is concerned about today and what we face. He is concerned because He has the big picture. He wants us to end up at the right conclusion. We can’t do it if we refuse to consider what comes after.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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