I’ve learned that one of the big things about parenting is to be consistent. When it comes to discipline, have a plan and be consistent. If you’ve ever watched one of those British nanny shows (why are they always from Britain?), the parents have no plan. The result–their kids run the house and run all over them. All of us know a parent/parents that have kids who run over them–they get whatever they want, they’re never disciplined beyond a buttload of empty threats (that seems to be the only consistent thing). I know I’m not perfect in this area, but I think my wife and I are pretty consistent.
Consider another aspect–keeping promises to your kids. This is something I’ve learned the hard way–never make a promise to your kid that you don’t intend to keep (no matter how tired or worn out you are). To do so can crush a kid’s spirit. We need to be consistent.
We don’t just need consistency with our kids. We need it in every aspect of life. The problem is, we’re not consistent. We deal with this thing called sin. It completely messes with our consistency.
I’m so glad God isn’t like us.
Psalm 106 is all about God’s consistency. He is a holy God (He must deal with sin). He is a compassionate and merciful God. He always keeps the covenants (agreements) that He makes.
We don’t. We’re sinful. We’re fickle.
Psalm 106 contrasts God’s consistency with our inconsistency. The beginning of the Psalm contains these words in Psalm 106:3,
How blessed are those who keep justice, who practice righteousness at all times!
That ain’t me…
God alone keeps justice and practices righteousness at all times. We don’t. We’re sinful. But, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, our lives can be consistent–we can be characterize by justice and righteousness even though we’re not perfect. We can live our lives in such a way that when we do screw things up, it’s an exception to the rule. We can totally do that because of God’s grace. We can totally do that because of God’s consistency–He will never break His agreement with a follower of Jesus Christ: to forgive their sin, to restore them, to transform them, to empower them to holiness. Is it automatic? No. It’s a process, and we do have a responsibility in that process. But during those times when sin seems to have the upper hand, God’s grace is a great comfort. His consistency is a great comfort.
What must we do to echo His consistency in our lives?