It’s interesting to observe young children learning from ‘cause and effect.’ Sometimes it can be very painful and puzzling for them.
Take my young son, for instance.
Not being too keen on spiders, he reacted promptly when he saw one running past him. With a deft stamp of his little foot, he squashed it very flat! Showing great concern, he studied it, talking encouragingly, that it might wake up again. He even poured water over the spider because he thought a drink would revive it.
As adults, we know a squashed spider can’t be revived. When a thing is dead, it’s dead!
That’s a bit like things in our past. They may continue to haunt us, but sometimes there is nothing we can do to alter the consequences of our actions.
Even King David, the great leader of Israel, the poet and musician who wrote the Psalms, had an unsavoury past. First of all he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then he plotted against, and killed her husband.
David couldn’t undo that crime, and he should have died for it. Instead, he had to bear the consequences, and his young son died.
owever, the good news is that, on David’s confession of sin, the Lord forgave him.
Some actions and decisions in our past may be very regrettable, but we should refuse to feel guilty over past confessed sins, because God the Judge, has sovereignly declared us pardoned.
“I, yes, I alone am He who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again”. Is. 43:25.
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