Thursday’s Thought

Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings (Isaiah 3:10).

The apostle Paul wrote: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:7-8).

Almost eight hundred years earlier, Isaiah penned the same declaration. Those who are faithful to God will enjoy wonderful blessings from God, but those who are disobedient to God will suffer punishment from God. Both, the reward and the punishment, will be received in response to the actions taken by the individuals. 

No one has to suffer the pains of an eternal hell because Jesus makes it possible for all to be saved. But, the majority of the world will choose to disobey God, therefore, they will choose to suffer.Accepting responsibility for our actions, is a major issue in the world. Most seemingly desire to deflect responsibility upon someone or something else.

Isaiah wrote that the righteous will “eat the fruit of their on doings” and in the following verse he wrote that the wicked will receive the reward gained by his won hands. Both, godly and ungodly, will be responsible and held accountable for their own actions. Yes, our lives influence others and the lives of others influence our live. But each person will answer to God, for their individual lives.

There are many examples, in the Bible, of individuals who did not necessarily follow in the footsteps of their parents. There were those whose parents faithfully served God, but they child chose to turn from God; there were those whose parents were ungodly people, yet the child chose to faithfully serve God. Let us also recognize that Isaiah was writing unto Israel who was headed into captivity and Judah would also go into captivity. The few righteous in these nations, suffered with the ungodly, but the righteous could endure because they knew that better days were coming.

Today, the faithful child of God has to to endure some storms in life, but we know that the greatest blessings are yet to come. As a faithful child of God and as you face the trials of life, know that “it shall be well.”