Different Needs – Same God   part 3     Midweek Devotional                                                  08-05-20

Psalm 107:17-22 

 

Consequences of Choices

 

Review of Serious Needs: week 1 Wandering Lost    week 2 Captivating Darkness

 

Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction

because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.

Psalm 107:17-18

 

This week, the need is affliction from iniquity, meaning, sins that took a toll on the physical body.  But perhaps a key is the cause of the sinning.  You see the foolish choices came from their rebellion, but more clearly their rebellious behavior.  The word “ways” seems to emphasize that it wasn’t one or two foolish disobediences but a pattern or lifestyle.

What fuels rebellion? What gives rebellion its staying power?  Maybe you know someone who is or was rebellious.   It’s anger!  Anger that shuts down sound advice creates a motivation to disobey the rules.   But in that passionate push to act out and head into dangerous territory there are great costs, that at the time no one considers.  Disobedience brings such physical, emotional and spiritual suffering.  It’s like running into barbed wire, it quickly surrounds you with pain that can’t quickly be untangled.  Notice in verse 18 they no longer have the appetite to eat … or desire anything.  Why?  It seems like life is over.  The verse ends, that they have drawn near the gates of death.  Wow, what misery!  You may see people like that and simply conclude, it’s their own fault.  But look at God, who is full of mercy.

 

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.

He sent out His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.  Psalm 107:19-20

 

God’s answer to their prayer to Him, is healing.  But how does He heal? … With His Word!  Not only does this show the importance of the Word, but it shows their repentance, because they are listening!  In their rebellion they refused to listen, but now hearing the Word heals them.  Maybe your rebellion isn’t great and your pain is simply annoyance or frustration.  But the cure is still the same.  Healing comes in and from God’s Word!  The Word also rescues us from the grave!  We must choose to listen and follow His commands.

 

Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.  Psalm 107:21-22

 

Once again God’s unfailing, unending love can be experienced, even after our rebellion.  But notice, don’t just say “thank you,” or “praise Him,”  but respond with offerings and songs of joy!  Don’t miss one more direction for us.  Tell others of His wonderful work in our lives.  We should all have stories we can share of His unfailing love in our lives.