Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Eating the Fruit of Their Choice
Today, an individual may select from over 200 cable channels, 255 ways to order a Big Mac, 19,000 possible combinations for coffee at Starbucks, almost 79,000 combinations of ice cream and toppings at Cold Stone Creamery, and more than 500,000 mathematical possibilities for pizza in America.
Some choices bring more significant consequences than others. Far more important than the options for a Big Mac is this choice:
Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.—Proverbs 1:29–31
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.