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Seeds of Hope: Be Careful of Falling Into Your Past Sinful Ways

There is an interesting theme that runs throughout the Bible. It is an if/then theme. If we are obedient to God, then we can be confident of His blessings, favor, gifts and a sense of His presence in our lives. If on the other hand, we are disobedient and willingly disobey His laws and teachings then we will experience guilt and a separation from Him.

Certainly the feelings of separation can be a good thing. It is God within us stirring up the gift He has given us – the gift of the Holy Spirit who is to guide us and guard us. When we become “disconnected” from God, He is to “alert us” of impending dangers and convict us to return to the path and plan God has designed for us. He is eager to do His work if we are willing to allow Him to do so.

Our Psalmist reminds us that God “speaks peace to His people and to His saints.” His peace is what brings us “wholeness and completeness” and unites us with Him. It dissolves the fear we have of Him and removes the guilt that we carry within us from being disobedient to Him.

So our Psalmist wisely adds, “but let them not return to their folly” – or perhaps a more appropriate translation of the word “folly” is “stupidity.” What might this mean?

Often we become “presumptuous” and assume that we deserve God’s blessings. We take an inventory of our lives and things appear to be “just about as wonderful as wonderful can be.” We have no “fear” of God and take His goodness for granted. “What stupidity!” says the Psalmist. “Be careful of falling into Your past sinful ways.”
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