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Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Responsibility That Ripples

October 7

“... and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband."  Ruth 1:5

"There are no benign circumstances of life where choices are made in a vacuum..."


There is no such thing as a decision without consequence.  There are no benign circumstances of life where choices are made in a vacuum, and nothing occurs as a result.  In the grand scheme, all choices are life and death ones.  It may be instantaneous or delayed, but rest assured, good or bad, forward or backward, something will take place because of the decision you've made.  The law of the leader suggests also, that the greater your role and sphere, the further impact your decision will have and the ripples of consequence will travel.  The ante rises commensurate to your prominence and its reputation.  Don't bank on pleading extenuating circumstances, for they will not evolve into extenuating consequences.  The arbitrary card is yours to play too, but it will hedge no bets in Heaven either. 

Naomi's husband Elimelech, was no different than any of us; and after all, it made perfect sense, to remove him and his family from hard times and uncertainty.  His choice however, to pull up stakes and move the clan to Moab, without checking with GOD, turned tragic soon after their arrival. His impulsiveness resulted in his death and that of his two sons, leaving three widows to fend for themselves.  I discover from Scripture, that this man finds himself in some pretty famous company as it relates to bad decisions and their effect upon others.  Consider the following:

  • Adam and Eve chose to eat what GOD had forbidden, and the entire human race was cursed.

  • Moses smote the rock instead of speaking to it, and Israel lost their leader at a most inopportune time.

  • Saul decided to visit the witch of Endor, instead of seeking the LORD for counsel, costing him and his son Jonathon their lives in battle on Mount Gilboa.

  • Elisha's servant Gehazi gave in to his greed and incurred leprosy for a reward.

  • Ananias and Sapphira elected to lie to GOD ... and died at HIS hand as a result.

  • Judas Iscariot decided to betray the LORD ... arguably the single worst decision ever made by man.     

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning ..."  GOD has provided ample warning, and left each person the choice to obey or disobey.  Choose either way, but be confident that which ever choice you make, it will leave you and yours different than you were.

"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."

For Love of Country
 Patrick Henry  (1736-1799)
(American Revolutionary leader)
"Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on.  We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and parliament.  Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt ... An appeal to arms and to the GOD of Hosts is all that is left us!"

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