Today you should read: Deuteronomy 28:15-68
As a kid, I loved to play schoolyard baseball with my friends. This photo is of me sporting my favorite ball cap. My brothers, buddies, and I would meet out at Little Tor Elementary just about every week that the weather was nice. When I think about my childhood memories, those days at the fields climb right to the top of my mind. Both my brothers and friends would likely agree.
One Saturday that I distinctly remember, I had an argument with my mom. The issue that caused this argument was my disobedience. I was supposed to do some specific chores around the house, but I lazily watched TV and forgot all about them. I got the call from my friends that they were heading to the field. I grabbed my bat and glove, hopped on my bike, and was about to head their way.
That’s when mom pulled in the driveway from running her errands.
She asked where I was headed, and without hesitation, I told her. She then asked if I had done what she asked while she was gone. I realized that I hadn’t, so I started to make excuses. I tried to make some compromises before I even had the privilege of playing ball revoked. Mom wasn’t buying it. Even when I said, “I’ll do them later!”, she wasn’t pleased. As we often say at CPC, “delayed obedience is disobedience.” Mom was a firm believer in this principle.
Mom told me to go back in the house, call my friends, tell them I won’t be there, and start the chores. I vividly recall feeling like the world had ended. I kicked and screamed. I begged. But I got nowhere, probably for two reasons: (1) I disobeyed, and (2) I wasn’t repentant. I stayed home that day and had to deal with the consequences of my actions.
Sin has consequences. Sometimes severe, sometimes not so severe. That’s what I needed to learn that day. That’s what the people of Israel needed to learn in Deuteronomy 28. Just like my mother would not honor my disobedience in my childhood anecdote, the Lord promised them that he would not bless their willful decisions to forsake Him. Might this passage be yet another call to the Church to obey their Shepherd King? I think so.
What did you learn today?
Posted: Todd Thomas