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Date: July 9

Category: Sow and Reap

Psalm 119:67-68
"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now Your word do I keep [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]. You are good and kind and do good; teach me Your statutes."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiWe can all relate to this psalmist. He states here that there was a time when he was afflicted. There was a time when he went through pain and suffering. But that pain and suffering was not because of God or other people. That pain and suffering was because he went astray. That is often true in our own lives as well. There are times that we encounter hardships and tribulations very often because of the choices that we have made. That's why we are afflicted; that's why we are in pain. Many times, it was because of some of our unwise choices.

Of course not everything that happens to us is because of something we've done. Sometimes other people have tried to hurt us, or sometimes circumstances are beyond our control. But most of the time our choices do have an impact on our life situations. We are given many choices in life through which we determine our destination. When our money has run out, it's not because the bills are wrong. When our marriages have failed, it's not because the spouse is at fault. We bear the responsibility as well.

So let's read this verse again. "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now..." The words, ‘but now' means that a change has happened. "..but now Your word do I keep [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]." Now we read that life for this psalmist has completely changed. He's no longer afflicted; he's no longer troubled or living in pain and suffering. A change has happened because he has come back to God. Now he has chosen to keep God's Word, meaning he has chosen to hear it, receive it, love it, and obey it. That's the choice that he decided to make and as a result, he came out of his affliction and into gladness.

It's so important for us to be aware that the choices we make will have some kind of effect on us later on. That's why we have to make wise choices, and we know what choices are wise through the Word of God. Before any decision, we have to examine what the possible outcome will be. That's what God does. We read in Isaiah 46:10a, "Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done…" So God declares the end from the beginning, meaning He knows the end result from the very beginning of every action.

We, as His children, should be like Him. So we too should determine the end result from the beginning of every action. Before making any choices, ask yourself what the consequences will be. If you are satisfied with that result then go ahead with that action. But if you're not satisfied or if you're not sure, then don't do anything until you are sure.

When you are about to speak something to someone, will those words build that person up or tear that person down? Will those words please God or displease Him? When you are about to do something, will that action benefit you or someone else? Or will that action be destructive and displeasing to God? Those are questions we need to ask ourselves every time we are about to make a decision. That's what it means to declare the end from the beginning.

Every seed will bear a fruit. Some seeds take longer than others, but every one of them will bear some kind of fruit. When you plant a seed in the garden, sometimes it takes months and even years for fruit to come up. It's the same with our words and actions. Our words and actions are seeds as well, and sometimes it may take days to reap a result. Sometimes it may take weeks, months, or even years. But eventually a result will come. Regardless of how long it may take, we still have to look at the final fruit before we sow any seeds.

So this psalmist made a conscious decision to come back to God and keep His Word, which means obeying it. That was the decision that he made, which led him to joy and gladness. The Word of God should always be our guide. Then the psalmist says, "You are good and kind and do good; teach me Your statutes." This psalmist desires to learn more of God's Word so he is asking God to teach it to him. That's what we should all desire. We should all desire the Word of God so much that we ask God to teach us His statutes.

But it's important to remember that everything this psalmist did was his decision. So we are the ones who have to consciously decide to turn towards God and keep His Word. We have to decide to plant good seeds in our lives. We have to decide to declare the end from the beginning. We are the ones who make those decisions. Our decisions determine our destiny, and our decisions should be based on the Word of God. So let's make the right choices for our lives today!

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