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February 21, 2009

It would seem that we struggle with consequences. As I read the business section of the paper, as I listen to the government talk bailout, I can only think about consequences.

No one likes consequences. My children certainly don’t. No one thinks they deserve what they get, my children rarely do, and yet consequences are necessary. Without them we lose our ability to judge good and bad and right and wrong.

You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth— each man is but a breath. Selah Psalms 39:11

Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law; Psalms 94:12

Are we ready for some discipline? Are we ready to be blessed as a nation? To be rebuked?

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. Proverbs 12:1

He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. Proverbs 15:32

How can we not look at our current landscape and say we need understanding? How can we not look at governments requesting bailout money to build a Frisbee golf course and wonder?

Do we see our current situation as God’s love or do we feel abandoned? Maybe we have allowed our culture to corrupt what we consider a blessing.

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