People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.Proverbs 19:3 (NLT)
In my former life, as a business manager, I had to do a lot of hiring. This was actually a fun part of the job, as I’m a people-person by nature. So, I got to meet a lot of people – some more qualified than others. I remember one such individual who was really well qualified for the job, but didn’t end up getting it.
We’ll call her Lucy (not her real name). She did very well on her interview and her qualifications for the job she was applying for were solid. There was just one last thing I had to do before we offered Lucy the job. I needed to call her references. For anyone who has never applied for a job in the real world, let me fill you in. On the application, or on your resume, you are supposed to list the supervisors from your previous jobs. This is so that anyone looking to hire you can call them to see how well you did your previous job. It’s called referencing your job performance.
So, one by one I called her references. Here’s what they told me. Lucy was always late for work. Lucy was kind to your face, but gossiped about everyone when they weren’t around. Lucy spent a lot of time on breaks. Lucy would complain bitterly about how boring, dull, and unfulfilling her work was. In short, Lucy looked good on paper, and gave a great interview, but her track record from her previous employers meant Lucy wasn’t going to get the job.
Our actions have consequences that are longer-lasting and more far-reaching that we may think. This is especially true of our sinful actions. Unfortunately, we often times don’t own the fact that we made some very bad decisions, and as a result, we must face the music. In fact, many people believe that because their sins are forgiven, they are off the hook for the consequences. Not true. If you murder someone, there is forgiveness, but you are still going to jail for life. As King Solomon put it, “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.”
As you make decisions about your life, about your actions today, stop and evaluate them, not by your own desires and wants, but against the Kingdom of God. If God is asking you not to do it, there is a reason. Poor decisions not only ruin your life, they distance you from God.
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