Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! ~ 1 Peter 3:17 (NLT)
As I sit down to write this devo, I have a raging headache, a sore throat, and a runny nose. I’ve been up for an hour and I already feel miserable. Today’s going to be a push.
Often times we tend to blame God when we hurt. For example, I could sit here and lament the fact that God could have prevented His servant, me, from catching this cold. I mean, He’s supposed to protect us, right? This is really His fault, not mine. Nope. In reality, this is the fault of at least two people: The student(s) who decided to spread their germs and me, for either getting too close or not washing my hands enough to prevent contamination.
Unfortunately, though this case is pretty cut and dry, we tend to blame God for the consequences of other actions which take place in our life. I’ve heard people blame God about getting pregnant, despite being on the pill. You had sex. One of the side effects of sex is pregnancy. The pill only works 99 percent of the time. I’ve heard people angry with God because they are suffering withdraws as they recover from a drug addiction. They blame God for not taking away the pain in an instant rather than having them work through the pain to recovery. The list goes on and on. All of those consequences have a common element: Humans.
Because God is love, He has given us humans freedom to do whatever we want. We can choose to do things His way, or we can choose to go our own way. It’s our choice. But we are not free from the consequences of those actions. And, please note, often times those consequences are forced upon someone else due to our actions. Humans hurt humans.
As Peter put it in our verse today, “It is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!” In other words, there are consequences for doing good or doing bad. The consequences for doing good help others and lead to an eternal relationship with God. The consequences of doing wrong bring pain and separation from God.
Today, and every day, before you take action, lay your plans at the feet of Jesus. Talk them over with Him through prayer and by reading the Bible. His truth will always lead to positive consequences.