You wanted it, so I’m letting you have it.
So God let them go and experience the consequences of these choices. “You have abandoned me; therefore I now abandon you to Shiskak.” who was the King of Egypt.
The people then repented and admitted to God that they were wrong so God relented and didn’t let the Egyptians destroy Judah. But they did become subject to Shishek so that they could learn from their mistake.
God deals with us in much the same way today. He lets us experience the consequences of our decisions so we can learn.
If we’re honest with ourselves, when things aren’t going well for us, we can often trace our current situation back to bad choices we have made.
Yes, God forgives us of our sins. And, because he is a great father, he also teaches us lessons we need to learn.
One of my goals in life is to learn God’s lessons the first time so that he doesn’t have to keep teaching me the same lesson over and over. Whenever we have the same type of issue consistently coming up in our lives, it’s a clear sign that we just aren’t learning. We aren’t changing our behavior. It’s been my observation that the issue will just keep growing and growing and growing until it becomes a two-by-four which hits us over the head and now we have to deal with it. We have to quit avoiding it. The issue becomes so large that we can no longer look the other way. That’s the two-by-four. Most of the time, we had opportunities to deal with the issue when it was much smaller. But we waited..we avoided…we ignored.
Dear Father, please help us learn BEFORE you have to hit us over the head with a two-by-four to get us our attention.