Dear Friends, Thank you for joining us for a third lesson from the Book of Jeremiah. Have you ever been slapped by sin, or the consequences of sin? Because God is holy and sovereign, He says we shouldn’t be deceived into thinking we can get away with indulging in sin (Galatians 6:7). We can be thankful we experience the consequences of sin, because there’s nothing like a strong slap to open our eyes to the danger.
“Have you not done this to yourself by your forsaking the LORD your God when He led you in the way?” Jeremiah 2:7 (NASB)
Some of you may have met Titus Caspertein in Dark Zeal, Book Five in The COIL Series. He is one character who has experienced the consequences of sin, and yet we see God reaching out with His hand of mercy to slap Titus, using the hand of Corban Dowler. We haven’t seen the last of Titus, nor have we seen the last of the lessons he still has to learn. [Note: For those waiting for the next COIL book, Titus has a major part in the new upcoming Prequel and Book 1 of The COIL Legacy! Click the link to check them out!]
Godly Discipline is for Family Members
Sometimes we have a false idea of who God is, as if He doesn’t allow the consequences of our sin to return upon us—just because He’s loving. Actually, it’s because He’s loving that He disciplines His daughters and sons (Hebrews 12). And Titus needs to learn this the hard way.
In Jeremiah’s day, the people of Jerusalem needed to see wickedness for what it was—painful and destructive! Sometimes we don’t see the darkness or our deeds (pride, jealousy, gossip, hatred, lust) until we stub our toe on our own stubbornness. What else would we expect for ignoring the Light that God has provided to show us the way?
The Duration of the Pain
I’ve known the slap of sin’s consequences. And sometimes the sting of the slap lasts for years. But there’s a warmth to the slap to which I believe God calls special attention. He allows that sensation or memory of heartache to last because we’re susceptible to return to that which caused the slap in the first place. The stove that burned me—why would I touch it again?
The slap of sin is a consequence, but it’s also meant to teach us wisdom—before the slap becomes a sledge hammer. Our sin can grow worse and worse if we continue without repentance.
The Slap: My Response
Getting slapped by the consequences of sin makes me sit up straighter and pay attention. I think, “Whoa, I don’t want to go through that again! God, show me Your way, and please give me Your strength to walk in the new nature You’ve put inside me.”
A renewed walk should always be accompanied by a renewed prayer life and reading God’s Word for guidance we so desperately need.
Follow Titus into the next COIL book to see if he’s finally tired of being spiritually slapped. Does he repent of his sin when it arises or does he need that sledge hammer? Will he learn to trust that Christ has already delivered him from the power of sin? We can show him the way.
See you on the path!