Unforeseen Consequences

When we think about the flood recorded in Genesis, we think of judgment, salvation, rain, animals, and an ark.  We don’t necessarily think of the subject of unforeseen consequences.  Yet, they are there.  We have the consequence of the terror of animals.  We have the consequence of a fear of rain and a fear of spreading across the earth (see the tower of Babel).  Lots of consequences that are hard to predict occur after the flood.

Isn’t life like that?  Something happens, even something good, and there are all sorts of ramifications.  Many of those ramification are things that we could never predict.  We cannot always see what is right around the corner.  We certainly can’t predict the responses to our choices of every single person.  For some, this is a headache that they just deal with.  For others, the law of unforeseen consequences chokes out any real effort to try anything new for themselves or God.  How do we avoid the unforeseen consequence?

The real answer is: you can’t.  There is no way to avoid the unforeseen consequences of life.  Wisdom can help us foresee the ramifications of some of our choices, but it can’t eliminate all of them. So, the question becomes, “What can I do about unforeseen consequences?”

If you have a standard that you live by and that standard is one that you know that you can trust, then you can deal with the unforeseen or unintended consequence.  However, let me caution you – you must be completely convinced that your standard is correct.  Otherwise, the unintended consequences will cause crisis of faith after crisis of faith.  That is no way to live!  Instead, a fully convinced mind has already counted the cost and has chosen the standard they can live by.

Consider these words of Jesus as I close this post:

Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ “Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? “Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.” (Luke 14:25-33)
Something to think about,

Pastor John

 

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