Too Late

“And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up (went up) into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned. And Moses said, Wherefore (Why) now do ye transgress (disobey) the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper (succeed).Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before (defeated by) your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you. But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote (attacked) them, and discomfited them (drove them back), even unto Hormah.”

Numbers 14:40-45

I remember the days of trying to run interference to get out of consequences. I would do something I was not supposed to do, then I would try and get ahead of it hoping to eliminate my consequences or soften them to some extent. I would try and rewind time somehow, although it never quite worked out the way I wanted it to. I knew to do better, but I still foolishly would try to try to right a wrong that had been done. It is true that you cannot unscramble an egg, and it also true that you cannot undo sin once it has been committed.

One time, my sister and I were fighting as we did from time to time, and we were pretty upset at each other. I went out to the back yard to throw out the garbage when I noticed her in the yard. The argument we were having inside carried seamlessly to outside, and we picked up right where we had left off. My anger grew and I decided to pick up a bat to try and intimadate her. I did not actually plan to hit her with the baseball bat, but I did hope it would sway her to see things my way. I think she knew I would not hit her with the bat, so I thought of something else to get her attention. I saw a ball lying in the yard, and I figured I could hit it close to her so she would be scared and have a change of heart and mind.

I picked up the baseball and told her that if she did not watch it, I was going to swing the bat and hit her with the ball. She stood about 15-20 feet away from me, and she knew I was not great at pinpointing where I would hit the ball. She did not budge, so I decided to give her a scare as I threw the ball up and swung. The ball connected with the bat and headed towards my sister like a Patriot missile. My eyes got big as the ball headed towards her, but there was no stopping the inevitable. The ball locked in on her arm and contact was made as I looked on in horror. I truly did not mean to hit her directly, but how does one explain that once a direct threat has been made? I did not run to check on my sister, but instead ran inside to tell my mom my side of the story before my sister could. My sister was crying but I tried to drown her out as I explained to my mom that I only attempted to scare my sister, not hit her.

My mom did not pay me much mind as she went outside to check on my sister. My sister told her what I had said, and I knew my goose was cooked. I tried to further explain my side, but it was a futile attempt as I had made a direct threat and had executed my threat flawlessly. My sister was mad at me and I was in big trouble with my mom.

The children of Israel also tried to right a wrong. They had lacked faith in God as they did not believe he would deliver them from the Canaanites who indwelled the land of promise. God judged them for their unbelief, and He told them the consequences they would face because of it. The Israelites tried to right their wrong and avoid their consequence, even though God had already told them of their demise. They paid with their life because they turned away from the Lord, and they found out that they could not turn back the consequences of their sin.

Where are you today friend? Have you tried to escape the consequences of sin and hide from God? Adam and Eve could not hide and neither can we. The best thing to do once you have turned from God is to turn back to Him and accept the consequences He chooses to give you. The best thing to do after sinning against Him is to repent and draw close, and it is not wise to add more sin to the pile. May we stay close to where He is, and may we think twice before picking up that bat and ball.

Stay in the Fight!

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