Monday, 24 September 2012
We had a cat for fifteen years, and at times it would rebel against the rules. One of the things I knew was I couldn’t punish my cat later but had to immediately respond to what he had done, for he would have no way of making the connection other wise. If I punished him later after the event he would have simply saw me as cruel, not connecting his disobedience to the punishment.
At the park I watched an overweight teenager tearing down one of the wooden fences, just to pass through instead of walking around to the entrance. As I thought about the teenager I thought how he will reap punishment from his rebellious ways. Then I saw the connection between the teenager and my cat, neither would see the punishment as for their good if they cannot relate it to their incident of rebellion. They both would see a cruel hand upon them, and instead of improving they would be hardened.
As Christians through our faith we accept sowing and reaping, the carnal minded people cannot see the connection. Because they do not understand they are reaping what they have sown, it causes them to be hardened more because they see it as life is cruel.
Ecc 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.