Our choices carry a lot of weight. King Saul’s foolish decision altered the course of history. References to “the city of David,” “the house of David,” “the Davidic covenant,” “the throne of David,” and “Jesus, the Son of David” would all refer to King Saul if he had obeyed God’s commandment. Does this sound a little farfetched to you? Examine today’s Scripture passage for yourself: “. . . Now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue” (1 Samuel 13:13b-14a).

Disobedience is never a casual matter with God. All sin is an affront to His holiness. Therefore, consequences always follow. Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction recovery program, lists Ten Principles essential to finding freedom from the fetters of sin. Let’s read Principles 5, 7, and 9.

Principle #5: Small compromises lead to great disasters (or little sins lead to big sins). Principle #7: Our sinful habits do hurt those who are following us. Principle #9: We lose our freedom of choice after we have chosen our actions. The consequences of our choices are inevitable, incalculable, and up to God.

Whether you are the President of the United States or the CEO of a Fortune-500 company, a pastor or layman, a Christian or an unbeliever — you are accountable to God. Even if you’re in leadership, the buck doesn’t end with you — that’s where it begins. Let’s make positive choices that will make a difference for eternity.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.