Saturday: 18th August, 2018
Reference text: Ezekiel 18:1-10,13b
Ezekiel 18:2 and said, “What is this proverb people keep repeating in the land of Israel? ‘The parents ate the sour grapes, But the children got the sour taste.’
There is a local Akan proverb that translates:” the lizard does not go round eating chilli, while expecting the frog to suffer the effects of this choice.’ Like the words repeated to Israel in the first reading, one should be prepared to handle or in the very least, expect some consequences along with the intentional choices we make.
We can compare this image to ‘someone who drinks poison but expects another to drop dead’. Therefore, whether it is sowing and reaping, actions and reactions or choices and consequences; these represent the two sides of many situations and one can almost always expect the latter in each pair, to follow the former: usually in a very individualised way.
Sometimes, we push for, and make decisions because there is way to escape the aftermath of those choices. However, the very fact that we can find an escape route from the aftermath of some of the big decisions we make ourselves or with others, should not be the reason why we appear indifferent and aloof when consequences emerge.
Sweetheart, the emphasis today is therefore on the need to ensure that when we make decisions, we are prepared for the associated consequences. So, if your choices and decisions are made based on the premise that the consequences of your actions will be borne solely by others, then it is time to think again.
Remember # do not drink poison and expect another to drop dead- your choices, come with consequences you ought to be ready for.