MONDAY, MARCH 18
“… I will visit their sin.
GOD WILL DEAL WITH SIN
God told Moses to lead the people to the Promised Land, just as He had said when He called him. He also promised that His Angel would be ahead of them. However, He must still deal with the people for their sin. As a result, the LORD plagued the people because “they made the calf, which Aaron made” (Exod 32:35).
Moses was to continue with the mission God had called him to fulfil: to lead the children of Israel to the promised land. Yes, Moses did plead with God on the basis of the covenant He had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. But God had every intention to keep it in the first place. He would honour His side of the suzerainty covenant. Yes, God had forgiven the people, but it did not mean that there were no consequences. God will deal with sin even though He has forgiven. When King David sinned and confessed, God forgave him, but David would still have to face the consequences of his sins (2 Sam 12:1-14). God will deal with sin and allow the consequences to serve as a warning or reminder to any who may consider committing the sin again.
A true believer who has genuinely turned to Christ for salvation in repentance is saved to the uttermost. Once saved, always saved (John 3:16; 10:27-29). But we must not confuse the consequences of eternal punishment with the chastisement of God. The saved believer must not think that he can keep sinning with impunity. God will deal with you because you are saved. You are now His child. For your own good He will not allow you to shame Him and to go on sinning without consequences. David learned and did not go back to the sin of adultery again. The consequences were painful but had a good spiritual effect. Did the children of Israel learn? Well, sadly, the later generations did not. What about you?
THOUGHT: God has forgiven but that does not mean He will not deal with my sins through consequences.
PRAYER: LORD, help me to learn from the consequences of my sins.