After making a bad decision, we are often left with the unfortunate reality of consequences. How should we go forward when we are dealing with effects from previous decisions?
Why Am I Going Through This Situation?
- Is God trying to teach me a lesson?
- Is Satan trying to take me down?
- Are enemies trying to frustrate me?
- Are my consequences coming back to bite me?
- If God is testing me, let me be found faithful.
- If Satan is tempting me, let me be found faithful.
- If enemies are trying me, let me be found faithful.
- If consequences are troubling me, let me be found faithful.
Process the Situation
- If I could press rewind, what would I do differently?
- What circumstances were beyond my control?
- What am I unable to change right now?
Wisdom from the Word
- Deuteronomy 28
- You cannot bypass your consequences, but you can avoid adding to them.
- Instead of agonizing your decisions in the past, prioritize making wiser ones in the present.
- 2 Kings 22-23
- Negligence of God’s Word can lead to consequences from God’s hand.
- Even if God graciously removes consequences, do what you can do to ensure others won’t experience them either.
- Galatians 6
- Accept consequences as God’s gracious warning against further disobedience.
- Your life will reap the most whatever you sow the most.
Tips for the Journey
- Failure to learn from previous mistakes invites you to repeat them.
- If you constantly play the victim, you will always feel defeated.
- You are only responsible for your contribution to the situation.
- Blaming others might alleviate guilt, but it will not promote healing.
- You cannot change what you have done, but you can change what you will do now.