God is with us, even when we have to live with the consequences of our sins. One day, a 5-year-old girl got into an argument with her mother. As they went back and forth, finally the girl’s mother said, “Young lady, if you don’t listen to me, you’ll have to live with the consequences!”

Suddenly the girl’s face turned pale and she began to cry uncontrollably. When her mother asked what was wrong, she choked back her tears and said, “Oh Mommy, I don’t want to live with the Consequences. I want to live here with you.”

King David wrote Psalm 3 at a time when he was paying the consequences for his sins. His son, Absalom, wanted to kill him and take his throne. This meant David had to run for his life. Many of the people who were closest to him left him when he needed them the most. But even though his enemies had done everything they could to see him fall, even though they had spoken against him and said he was hopeless, even though they had taken everything they could from him, there was one thing they could not take away: his God. That’s right, God was still with David. And God will be with you — even at your lowest point.

We must live with the consequences of our decisions: a word spoken in anger, indulging in an addiction, having an affair, or cheating on our taxes. Sometimes the consequences are painful. But we can be sure that God will never leave us. The best time to look up is when we’re flat on our backs. When we look up to God like David, He will raise us up again.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder