Baskets of consequences – Part 1
The message the Lord is sending our way today is a message the Lord has laid upon my heart for almost two years. Just as I stated in one of my messages titled: “Secret Sacrifices With Open Rewards,” life is full of choices and these choices have attendant consequences. A popular Scottish novelist, named Robert Louis Stevenson (author of Treasure Island, The Black Arrow, My Shadow, etc), said, “sooner or later, everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” This I prefer to call “Baskets Of Consequences.”
Throughout the Scriptures, the truth is very glaring that our life choices are “Baskets of Consequences.” Our first parents were sent out of the ancient garden because of their choice to disobey God (Genesis 3:23-24). The great Prophet, Moses, was forbidden to enter the Promised Land because he decided to strike the Rock twice, instead of speaking to the Rock, as he was instructed (Num. 20:7-12).
Truly, our choices are tricky, for they open us up to the attendant consequences. Just as a man said, “you can choose to evade your responsibilities, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading your responsibilities.” A man was given the assignment to build a house by a rich friend. He decided to build a substandard structure for his rich friend. When he concluded the work, his rich friend asked him to move into the newly built house with his family. Unfortunately, the house collapsed on him and his family a month later. Life is indeed full of baskets of consequences.
The Chief Baker’s Baskets (Gen. 40: 16-19). While Joseph was in the prison, God gave him favour and he became a leader, even in the prison. At the same time, two officers of King Pharaoh, the Chief Butler and the Chief Baker were also in prison. The two of them had strange dreams and were troubled. The Chief Butler narrated his dream and Joseph interpreted it that he shall be restored to his office. According to Genesis 40: 16, the Chief Baker also narrated his own dream because the interpretation of the dream of the Chief Butler was good.
What interests me is that in his dream, he saw three white baskets. But these were no ordinary baskets, but that of consequences. According to the Chief Baker, in the uppermost basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh and, unfortunately, birds ate them out of the baskets on his head. What a misadventure?
The interpretation revealed the attendant consequences, “within three days, Pharaoh will lift off his head and hang him on a tree and the birds will eat flesh from him.” What a basket and the attendant consequences? From this text, note the followings:
• Be Careful Of The Baskets You Carry. This simply means watch carefully what you do, what you allow and what you conceive and condone. They all have consequences. Your attitude has consequences, both positively and negatively.
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