Newton discovered 3 laws of motion. Whether you remember those or not, you use them every day.
- A body at rest tends to stay at rest until a force acts upon it. A body in motion tends to stay in motion until a force acts on it.
- Force = Mass * Acceleration
- For every action, there is an equal and opposite action.
In each of these resides the idea of consequence. If I want the result of an object to be in motion, then I apply a force to it. The same if I want something to stop. Every action has an opposing action. If I push on a shoebox it “pushes back” in the sense of grip and friction and gravity. When my force supersedes the force of those forces then the box moves.
We live through these every day. In fact, you are who you are because of the combined set of choices and events in your life. You are where you are because of the combined set of choices and events in your life.
We can look through scripture and see this cause/effect:
- Adam and Eve made a choice and had to face the consequence of being banned from Eden.
- Cain made a choice to murder and faced the consequence of exile.
- Israel made the choice to not cross the Jordan and everyone over 20 died while wondering in the wilderness.
- Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it and did not cross to the promised land.
Then the lord said, “I will pardon them as you have requested. But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the lord’s glory, not one of these people will ever enter that land.
— Numbers 14:20-22
Many people believe that when God forgives he should also remove the consequences in their lives. Look closely at the words of God in the passage above. He pardoned them, which means the associated guilt is removed. However, the consequence would remain..
Just because you have placed your faith in Jesus for the first time does not mean that all consequences will be removed from your life. Many times, God allows them to remain for us to remember. Jesus told the man who had lain on a mat for 38 years to take his mat with him. Your cancer, your bankruptcy, your nightmare of a marriage and family are all products of choices you have made. Those might lessen in time, but things could also get worse before getting better.
What am I suggesting?
There are 3 laws of spiritual motion we must remember.
- Law of Covenant. Once you are in the family of God, you will remain there. It doesn’t mean God will like every choice you make. In fact, you will be disciplined in rebellious decisions. Yet, you will still be in the family. If you sincerely and honestly placed your faith in the action of Jesus’ death and resurrection as payment for your life then you are in the family and nothing takes you out of the family.
- Law of Consequence. God does not always remove the results of our choices. The alcoholic still might have liver failure. The smoker might still get lung cancer. The years of fighting might still result in a divorce. Don’t blame God for your problems that you created through choices. Our issues are our fault, not God’s. The randomness you feel is simply a chance to trust. When it doesn’t make sense will you trust Him?
- Law of Causality. The rule here is that the allowance of God does not equal the action of God. God might allow things to happen, but not be the cause of them. For example, the argument is that if God really was love then there would be no hate int he world. If God was really all-powerful He would stop the evil. If God was really compassionate, then children would not have diseases. The reality is that humanity is the cause of these terrible, awful, no-good things! We brought evil into our world and perpetuate it with our choices. God has given us free agency to make decisions.
With each choice, consider your decision carefully. God gives wisdom to those who ask. He provides direction to those who seek His help. He also lets us fail if that is what we choose.
Choose wisely, my friend.