Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? (Proverbs 6:27)
Every time we act contrary to God’s revealed truth, we plant a seed of insubordination in the soil of our lives. If we water that seed with continued rebellion and allow it to grow, we will eventually reap a bitter harvest of regret. The apostle Paul made this truth abundantly clear: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7). In my simplistic way of putting things, I say it this way: Sow rebellion . . . Reap regret. If we sow seeds of insubordination long enough, it will eventually damage our witness, destroy our families, and devastate our lives. Our lives, as the inspired Proverb says, will be burned up in a raging fire of regret and ruin.
But this is not for you! The key to keep from planting seeds of insubordination is to treasure God’s Word above all else in life. David provided us with the remedy: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). You see, we can either plant the seeds of insubordination or plant the seeds of His Inspired Word in our hearts, knowing that whatever we sow we shall certainly also reap. The more we meditate on and marinate in the Word of God, the more we will walk according to God’s wise ways. God’s Word cleanses us. God’s Word challenges us. God’s Word corrects us. But in order for all of these things to happen, we must invest our time in God’s Word.
So regardless of where this message finds you today, whether riding the crest of the wave or buried underneath it, hiding more and more of God’s Word in your heart is the best protection against planting seeds of insubordination. Remember the encouragement that James, the brother of our Lord, offered: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
One last thought: To “ASK” God is to do three things:
“Ask and it will be given to you,” our Lord assures us; “seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Ask God to give you a love for His Word; seek Him in the Scriptures daily; knock on the door to the throne room of His grace in prayer. And trust that the rewards will be rich beyond measure! For Jesus has promised that “Everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!