Disobedience carries a heavy price

By  SAM MUHLBAUER

Living Hope Church, Little Falls

I recently experienced a first as a parent. I am the parent of five wonderful children between the ages of 18 months and 11 years old. We have three older boys and two little girls.

I was coaching sixth-grade girls softball helping them learn how to bunt, hit the cutoff and know when to run and when to watch the flight of the ball, when I hear that familiar tone on my phone letting me know I have a text message. After completing an inning I looked at the text and it was from my wife. It had words parents hope they don’t ever hear but know it´s a possibility with any group of active children.

“Taking my 4-year-old to the doctor she might have broke her arm,” the text said.

Well needless to say, I wanted to know what happened and thankfully the other coach allowed me to leave early so I could hear the story and help with our other children.

It took a couple of hours but finally my daughter and wife came home and my little girl had a nice, bright pink cast wrapped around her arm. Apparently my little girl wanted to ride her scooter outside but my wife had something she had to do inside and couldn’t watch her outside so she told the little one “no.”

Well that didn’t stop her. Once she knew mom was busy, she snuck outside and went riding. While riding she slipped and fell and tried to catch her fall; causing her to get scraped up and breaking her arm. Well it was time to get the boys from school and my, sweet, innocent little girl was crying and crying talking how her arm hurt. My wife put two and two together and started the above conversation with me.

The first two people ever created, Adam and Eve, can relate to my daughter’s feelings.

Imagine being the first people ever created and the entire world is yours. Literally everything in the entire world was yours, except for one thing. Genesis 2:16-17(NIV) says 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

They had freedom beyond even our wildest dreams to live a full, amazing, satisfying life, but because of the serpent’s deception and their disobedience they chose the one thing they were told they couldn’t have. It led to sin entering humanity and the relationship between God and man being damaged.

My daughter had many opportunities before and will have many opportunities after to ride her scooter but because of her disobedience she has to start her summer with a cast above her elbow.

How about us? How about you? God has promised us life and purpose and hope as long as we live in his guidelines. There are all kinds of freedom available to us if we choose to live lives that honor God’s Word and his plan for our lives.

I pray my daughter learns from this experience and trusts us that we have her best interests in mind. I pray that you choose to give Christ all of your life and trust that he has your best interests in mind for his glory.