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What are the True Results of Sin?

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.” (Ps 38:3–4)

David penned Psalm 38 as he was being chastised by the Lord for personal sin. As he pours out his heart in anguish over the sin in his life, he shares the true results of sin.

What are the True Results of Sin?

(1) Sin results in a lack of health.

David says, “there is no soundness in his flesh…there is no health in my bones.” Sin brings with is consequences and sometimes those consequences result in diminished physical health.

(2) Sin results in a lack of peace.

The same word translated as health in verse 3 can also be translated as peace. The Hebrew word is shalom. While sin promises peace, it ultimately doesn’t deliver. As one sin leads to another, the result is a life of turmoil, worry, and anxiety that lacks any rest or refreshment.

(3) Sin results in a heavy burden, one that is too heavy to bear.

In verse 4, David recounts his burden, a burden so heavy that he can’t carry it. That is exactly what happens with sin. It produces psychological burdens that weigh us down. After dealing with these burdens for a time, we may find ourselves depressed, troubled, and weary.

While sin allures and tempts us with promises of peace, health, and freedom, it ultimately results in the opposite. So the next time we are confronted with a temptation to sin, we should remember the agony and despair of David, and run far away from its false promises.

Question for Reflection

  1. Do you see these truths about sin?

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The Evil World In Which We Live

“Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated. The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good. He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil. Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” (Ps 36:1–5)

In our day, evil is embraced, celebrated, and propagated instead of rejected. The wicked don’t fear the Lord. There is no reverence for God. No recognition that He is the all-sovereign Creator and Ruler of the universe. God is believed to be nothing more than a figment of the imagination of a fragile mind bent toward a need for religion in order to cope with the world as we know it.

The Result

The result of these thoughts is self-flattery, pride, trouble, deceit, unwise actions, evil plots, walking the wrong path, and solidarity with evil acts.

The Evidence

You can see these actions today in political and court decisions. Any and all efforts to place limitations on abortions are met with extreme resistance, even from the highest court in the land. Transgender and LGBT issues are trumpeted from every post in an effort to normalize these lifestyles. All who disagree are silenced, plotted against, and are met with trouble. Lies, deceit, and corruption exist at the highest levels of government.

Moving from the courts and government to the local arena, neighbors turn on neighbors. Innocent Police officers are picked off one by one by cowardly snipers. Terrorists detonate bombs in an effort to kill, maim, and destroy peace. The world in which we live is evil, and the evil is embraced because there is no fear of God.

Steadfast Love

Thankfully, amidst all the evil, the Lord’s steadfast love continues just as it did in David’s day. Thankfully, God does not reject the faithful, those who seek refuge in Him. Thankfully, the Lord embraces the righteous and provides for them a fountain of life, a light shining in the darkness, which illuminates the path of righteousness. Thankfully, the Lord will deal with the unrighteous and set this world right.

Trust in the Lord all who are faithful! Trust in the Lord all the earth!

Question for Reflection

  1. Do you trust in the Lord?

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How Can We Experience True and Lasting Happiness and Joy?

We live in a society that believes joy and happiness come when we attain complete self-autonomy; when we are controlled by no one but ourselves. This is evidenced by a number of legal and cultural battles that have been waged over the last year. Obergefell removed the Christian strictures on marriage. Bathroom ordinances are being enacted, struck down, and fought over. Just yesterday the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ abortion clinic restrictions. These cases and battles signal that any encroachment on personal autonomy and self-rule will not be tolerated.

More To It

These fights and cases, however, are about more than marriage, bathrooms, and terminating a pregnancy. They are about more than change and progress.

These fights arise from and signal our sinful desire to rule ourselves, to be our own gods.

It is believed, even if it is not admitted, that ruling our lives in place of God will finally provide the joy and happiness man desires. But, if you notice, one victory just leads to another battle. Another cause to be championed is always around the next corner. That’s because throwing off the strictures of God’s rule will never provide the happiness and joy we desire. The sweet taste of victory fades quickly, and a new battle that promises joy and happiness when won must take its place. The search is never ending.

The Search Can Be Over

The Psalmist, however, paints a different picture for us. He tells us that:

“Those who look to him are radiant” (Ps. 34:5a)

In other words, those who turn to, instead of away from, God will experience the joy and happiness for which they long.

So instead of casting off all reason and logic in an effort to rule ourselves, we need to turn to God. We need to submit to Him and His Law. He is our Creator, and living in the way He has designed will always be better for us in the end. It will provide the joy and happiness for which we long, as well as a well ordered and thriving society.

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Ps. 34:8)

Question for Reflection

  1. Do you believe self-autonomy provides lasting happiness and joy?

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