To Sin Is To Despise God And Reap Calamity
December 23, 2014
“Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in His sight? …Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me… I am going to bring calamity upon you.” (2 Sam. 12:9-11)
Let’s look carefully at these words which the Lord spoke to David through the prophet Nathan and take warning ourselves. Let’s recognize that to do evil is to actually despise the word/Word of the Lord, and that to despise His word/Word is to also despise God Himself. What foolishness it therefore is to do that which is evil in God’s eyes! It is to place oneself and one’s family under severe punishment from the Lord.
“Oh, I can just ask God for forgiveness when I get ready to repent,” many sinning ones say to themselves. But they do not understand that their sinful choices have already set in motion the consequences of their actions, and that most of these consequences they will find incredibly undesirable. Even when the sinning one acknowledges that he has sinned against God (2 Sam. 12:13), and even if he pleads before God with fasting and weeping (v. 16), the Lord will very likely not remove the fall-out. Yes, the Lord may soften the blow if He sees that the sinner is genuinely repentant and has truly turned away from sinfulness, but aside from a miracle, whatever has been sown will become the harvest. (Pr. 5:22,23 // Gal. 6:7,8)
Therefore God warns, “‘Your wickedness will punish you and your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of Me,’ declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.” (Jer. 2:19)