Written By Lesallan – August 3, 2023

Ohio Christian University

BIB2015 Old Testament Interpretation (ONLF23)

Old Testament Devotional – Consequences of Sin

Sometimes, we all mess up and sin; it is just a part of being born into sin and being human. Nevertheless, our sins can hurt us and others. We may sin because we do not know better, are scared, want something too much, or are mad. Of course, sinning can make us feel bad, like we are not good enough, wish we could return in time or are angry at ourselves. Nevertheless, when we sin, this does not have to be the end of the story. We can learn from our sins, apologize, and try to do better next time. That way, we can deal with the problems, anger, and fights that come from sin. In the Bible, sin always seems to attract something valuable, such as safety, wisdom, serenity, happiness, or a good reputation. Nevertheless, beneath this alluring facade lies a battle between compliance and defiance.

The verses mentioned in this week’s devotional are taken from Jonah 1:15-2:1 (NIV) and 2 Samuel 11-12 (NIV), and Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV) and tell us that our sins can have a profound impact on our lives and the lives of those around us. In Jonah 1:15-2:1 (NIV), Jonah’s disobedience led to him being thrown overboard and swallowed by a fish. He prayed to God for help and was eventually saved. In 2 Samuel 11-12 (NIV), David’s sin with Bathsheba led to the death of their child and other consequences. In Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV), God warns that the fathers’ sins will be visited upon their children. These verses show that our sins can have far-reaching consequences that affect us and those around us. They also demonstrate the importance of repentance and seeking forgiveness when we do sin.

When seeking forgiveness for our wrongdoings, we can humbly confess our sins to God, expressing genuine remorse and faith in His mercy. It is also essential to make amends with those we have hurt and to strive to avoid any future temptation that may lead us astray. Let us move forward with a heart full of repentance and a determination to do better.

All this week’s verses further tell us that sin is a reality in our lives and that it can have far-reaching consequences. These verses show us that sin is not something to be taken lightly and that it can have serious effects on ourselves and even those around us. Blessings on your paths and journeys through life.