“And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.”
Cain should have thought about the punishment well before he made the choice to kill his brother. Cain had the opportunity to get things right with his brother and God, but he chose to do his own thing, and the consequences seemed to him “greater” than he could bear. Had Cain made the right choice in the beginning, the verse above would not exist.
We live in days when people want to enjoy the pleasures of sin without having to suffer its consequences. There are preachers who preach that a Christian doesn’t have to suffer consequences because everything was settled at Calvary. Yes, our sins were paid for at Calvary, but the consequences of sin are still going to be suffered if one chooses to sin. There are several things that you need to consider when it comes to consequences.
First, you have a choice to do right. Nobody makes you do wrong; you choose to do wrong. God gives you the freedom to make any decision because He gives you freedom of choice. With the freedom to make decisions, you have the opportunity to do right just as much as you have the opportunity to do wrong. For instance, every day when my alarm clock goes off, I have a choice to turn it off and get up, or I have the choice to turn it off and stay in bed; however, I cannot expect to recover the minutes l lose by not choosing to get out of bed immediately. You always have a choice, and you would be wise to choose to do right according to the Scriptures.
Second, there are consequences to every action. It is absurd to think that there are no consequences to my actions. If I push the brake pedal on the car, it will slow down. If I choose to push the accelerator pedal down, I will speed up. The results of my actions all come down to which choice I make. If I choose to avoid the brake pedal, I will suffer the consequence of getting a ticket. Likewise, if you choose to disobey God, you are going to have to suffer the consequences.
Third, just because you don’t like the consequences doesn’t make the punishment wrong. Many people have the mentality that they can correct wrong without consequences, but that is not true. Just because the consequence seems more severe than you think doesn’t make the punishment wrong. The punishment is simply the aftereffect of the action. The severity of the consequence is always one of those things many people don’t take into consideration when they make their choices. It has been said many times that you can choose your sin, but you can’t choose your consequence. My friend, the consequences of your actions may be more severe than you thought they would be, but that still doesn’t make the punishment wrong.
Fourth, if you don’t want to have to deal with consequences, don’t do what causes them. This truly goes back to the first point; you have a choice to do right. Every choice brings consequences or rewards. If you choose to do right, you get to enjoy the rewards of righteousness. If you choose to do wrong, you must suffer the consequences of sin. Sin’s pleasure results in greater consequences than many imagine because sin’s fingers go deeper than most understand. The best choice you can make in life is to do right so that you can enjoy the rewards of righteousness.