December 21 - No Escape

By Mike Clarensau

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 30:17

Central Thought: God's justice will never fail.

    You can't outrun the law. Well, maybe the occasional chase scene makes you think you can. And there certainly may be limits to your local policeman's ability to apprehend. But God has set up a few laws you will not elude. Might as well turn yourself in.

    One such law says you will reap what you sow. Pretty self-explanatory, isn't it? If you treat someone poorly, you will receive the inverted golden rule—others will do to you as you have done. There are few things worse than plying your sweet tooth on some just desserts.

    Another law has to do with God's pattern of justice. He doesn't leave any sin unpunished. In today's proverb you can almost see the rebellious child marching toward the valley, a confident look smeared across his smug face. But what Dad's or Mom's arms are too short to reach, God can reach easily. Sin isn't allowed a lasting victory. The price will come, and only a window of mercy keeps it at bay for the moment.

    When you've treated others badly, don't think you've eluded God's vision. Others may have given up the chase, but God needs take only one step to cut off your escape route. Don't take the moment of mercy for granted. God loves you too much not to track you down.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to my sinful choices. Help me to see where I've hurt others and show me ways to undo the damage. Restore me.

Today's Bible Reading: Zechariah 1:1-21; Revelation 12:1-13:1a; Psalm 140:1-13; Proverbs 30:17