Sometimes I reflect back on my early college days when I explored my boundaries a little too carelessly. Forgetting that choices always have consequences, I allowed myself to go down paths I knew were dead-ends…just to see what the journey might look like. Thankfully, my choices didn’t take me all the way to the edge. I dabbled, but I never dove. But I could have.
“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. –”~R Zaccharias
When I think about what could have happened, who I could have married, how I could have said “yes” instead of “no,” I shudder with fear. I wasn’t overly rebellious, but I wasn’t exactly the square rule follower either (at least not until my junior year). In those moments of weakness, when I let emotions rule reason, I could have easily permitted what I knew was wrong. But for the grace of God…
I’ve been studying Psalm 107 and I can’t seem to let it go. At the beginning of the chapter, the faithful are called to give thanks to God and to “Let the redeemed of the Lordtell their story” (vs. 2). We all have a story of redemption. Yours may not seem as astonishing and dramatic as some, but the truth is, we are all saved from our sin and that proves remarkable to report.
Throughout Psalm 107, the writer recounts various people and their situations. The first section is dedicated to the thirsty wanderer, and then we hear of the rebellious prisoner lamenting in darkness. Next, we read about the afflicted fool who suffers from his own sin, and then we have the sea merchant who sees the power of God but then forgets and allows fear to override faith. “In their peril their courage melted away.”
We could read this section and think, “Well, they got what they deserved. They have to sleep in the bed they made.” But then we get this encouraging repetition of grace.
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.”
Whether you are a wanderer, a prisoner, a fool, or a coward, you have the ability to do the one thing you can do: cry out to the Lord. He will rescue you and release you from the chains you cannot break.
And whether you’ve dabbled in sin or dove headfirst, His power covers it all. You are not too far done the road for God to open up a new path for you. All you have to do is repent–to turn around.
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a]Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Acts 3:19, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”