It Still Hurts

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Travis wished he had listened to his mother when she told him not to jump his bike over the ramp he had built with planks of wood--but jumping his bike was fun! I'll do it just one more time, he had thought when Mom went into the house. Mom said she had to do some laundry, and there's no way she can see me from the basement. So Travis had tried it again. The planks had shot up as he hit the ramp, and all he could remember after that was the pain.

"Mom, I'm so sorry," Travis cried after the doctor set the two broken bones in his arm. "I shouldn't have disobeyed you."

"That's true," replied Mom gently. "I forgive you, but don't forget--I'm not the only one you disobeyed. By disobeying me, you also disobeyed God, and you need to ask His forgiveness, too." Travis nodded. He and Mom prayed together, and then he felt much better, knowing he was forgiven.

The next morning, Travis was discouraged. The pain in his arm had kept him awake much of the night. "I can't stand this," he complained to his mother. "My arm hurts so bad." Mitch sighed. "If God forgave me for disobeying, why doesn't He take the pain away? I asked Him to."

"Travis, when we're sorry and confess our sin, God always is willing to forgive us, but He doesn't always take away the consequences of what we've done," explained Mom. "Because God is a God of justice, He sometimes allows us to face those consequences."

"What are consequences?" Travis asked.

"They're the result of our actions," Mom explained. "The pain you're feeling in your arm is the result of breaking your arm while you were doing something I had told you not to do." Mom gently rubbed Travis' back. "Now you're suffering the consequences, honey."

Travis sighed. "I can see--and feel--what you mean!"

Mom smiled. "The Lord knows we often learn our lesson better by having to suffer because of what we've done. The pain in your arm will eventually ease, but always remember that it costs something when you disobey."

How About You?
Have you ever had to face the nasty consequences of sin? Perhaps you had to take a zero on a test even though you confessed that you cheated. Maybe you were grounded for telling a lie. Or perhaps you disobeyed your teacher and suffered physical injury--even a permanent injury--as a result of what you did. God always forgives confessed sin, but He does not always take away the consequences.

Today's Key Verse:
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne. (Psalm 89:14)

Today's Key Thought:
Sin has consequences