Counting the Cost

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Have you ever thought about how much your decisions cost?

Everything has a cost, bad or good.

If you bought a new car right now it would obviously cost you the down payment plus the monthly payments.  It could also cost you something else if you were paying for it with money you were going to use elsewhere.  Maybe you were saving for a vacation.  In that case, the car cost you a vacation. It could also cost you more hours at work and time away from your family.

What about the cost of eating that piece of cake?  The cost is small but what if you were on a diet and promised yourself, you would not eat any desserts this month.  Then that small piece of cake would cost the calories you saved for another meal, or cost you a day of losing the weight you wanted to loose.  Even worse it could cost you your pride or trust in yourself.

Every day we are faced with hundreds of decisions.  Some small, some large.  Each one has at least one cost involved.  Do you stop before each decision and count the costs?

In 2 Samuel 11 you can read about the great King David and how he forgot to count the cost before making a decision.  We find King David on the roof of the palace because he was unable to sleep.  While on the roof he spots a lovely lady who is bathing.  Her name is Bathsheba, and she is married to Uriah, one of the soldiers who has gone off to war.  Her beauty overwhelms him and he sends someone to find out about her and bring her to him.  This short affair was supposed to be in secret, but now she is pregnant and he has a mess on his hands.  His attempts to hide his sin fails and turns to murder. Uriah is killed, the new born baby dies and the effects of this one bad decision ripple through his entire family and the rest of his life.

King David’s bad decision cost Uriah his life, Bathsheba to lose her husband and the life of her unborn child.  King David’s family was torn apart, he would lose two sons and his remaining years would never be the same.  One moment in time could have changed everything.  What if he would have stopped on that rooftop and counted the costs?  What if he would have made a different choice?

What seemingly small decisions are before you right now?  Have you counted the possible costs?

If you keep Christ and your spouse in mind in every decision you make, you won’t make poor choices that you’ll have to apologize for later.

…Or that could destroy your life.

I am not saying there is anything wrong with a new car or a piece of cake. Taking into consideration the cost, these are good things.  Take a moment before each decision to count the cost. Then proceed or flee.

 

2 Comments

  1. Great Blog!!!!

    I would also add that God was able to turn a horrible sin by David, Adultery and Murder and turn it into something more wonderful than anyone could have imagined!!

    If it wasn’t for David’s sin we wouldn’t have Solomon. If it wasn’t for Solomon we wouldn’t have Jesus Christ!!!

    The next time you wish you could erase your past and start all over, think again!! Everything has its purpose and place in the kingdom of God!!! Ask God to show you why such a horrible thing was done to you or by you, and how God is planning to turn it into something good.

    Genesis 50:19-21 NLT
    Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. …

    Joseph’s brother’s all but murdered him, but God and Joseph were able to forgive them. Joseph realized that it was all apart of God’s purpose for them. If it wasn’t for his brother’s sins, the entire nation of Israel may not have ever been established and could have ended in the famine that plagued the area Jacob lived.

  2. 1 more verse that I just found that support the comment above:

    1 Timothy 4:4-5 NLT
    Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.

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