Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD … they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

Proverbs 1:29,31

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Sometimes, the natural consequence of rebellion is its own justice. God gives us up to what we want and pursue, letting us reap the consequences (Romans 1:24). Human rebellion against God ultimately produces evil fruit. Wickedness is often its own worst punishment. In the face of such the generous God we focused upon yesterday, how could we choose to follow any other path but his? It may seem harder to faithfully follow God and his wisdom in the short run, but there is simply no option that compares honoring God in the long run!

My Prayer…

Father of justice and mercy, thank you for saving me by your grace. Thank you for promising to judge the world with grace, mercy, and justice. In you, and you alone, do I find any sense of what is right and fair. I cry out to you, O God, for justice and deliverance for your people who are oppressed, ridiculed, and persecuted. I also plead for repentance and the turn to Jesus for those who do not yet know him as Lord and Savior. In his name, I pray. Amen.

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