March 7 - Reward or Punishment? You Choose

By Samuel Mathai

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 10:29-30

Central Thought: God's divine order for mankind includes a reward to the righteous and punishment to the wicked; therefore, let us accept our reward through faith in Christ.

    One of the attributes of God is justice—rewards and punishment. The way of Yahweh is righteous, but wickedness prevails in the nature of human beings. If we understand this basic truth, we will be more hesitant to question God about the fairness of the constant sufferings, atrocities, and injustices that are happening in the world. In the final analysis, we must each accept responsibility for our own actions and ask for God's forgiveness. God provided for our forgiveness, but we must ask Him for it. We must choose. We cannot blame God if we are not forgiven.

    In his teaching about how we should relate to teachers of righteousness, Paul warned of deception and the consequences of sin (Galatians 6:7-8): 'Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Paul encourages us to not give up in doing good because of the reward that awaits those who are faithful (Galatians 6:9).

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to accept responsibility for my actions, to choose Your reward over eternal punishment. And help me to do good so that my actions will help others rather than hurt them.

Today's Bible Reading: Numbers 8: 1-9:23; Mark 13:14-37; Psalm 50:1-23; Proverbs 10:29-30