Tue Jul 2-Burden or Blessing?

Jeremiah 32:17-19 (CEB)

17 Lord God, you created heaven and earth by your great power and outstretched arm; nothing is too hard for you! 18 You act with mercy toward thousands upon thousands, but you also bring the consequences of the fathers’ sins on their children after them. Great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of heavenly forces, 19 marvelous are your purposes, and mighty are your deeds. You are aware of all the ways of humanity, and you reward us for how we live and what we do even now. 


The Bible teaches a fundamental principle that we all know to be true: actions have consequences. The things we do and say matter.

Throughout scripture, we encounter passages that highlight the generational impact of sin. Often, we interpret these as predictions of divine punishment, viewing God’s justice as retributive. If we’re not careful, this perspective can cloud our view of God, painting our Creator as harsh and punishing.

But I don’t think that’s the intention. The biblical writers are emphasizing the importance of living not just for the moment, but with an eye toward eternity. Our actions today will ripple into future generations. The question we must ask ourselves is whether our impact will be a burden or a blessing.

We see the multi-generational burdens of addiction and abuse on families, race-based slavery on our nation, and environmental carelessness on our planet. These are stark reminders of how our choices cast long shadows.

Yet, Jeremiah 32:19 also offers hope: “you reward us for how we live and what we do even now.” This implies that we have the power to make different choices that lead to different outcomes. We can choose paths that create multi-generational blessings. That means making choices to invest in children and young people, choosing to forgive and heal divisions, and working to lift people up rather than ignoring those who are suffering.

The scriptures remind us that how we live matters. Will we choose the path of burden or blessing?

by Joe Monahan

For Pondering and Prayer

After reading and reflecting on this scripture, are there areas of your life where you feel convicted to make a change? Are there areas where you could be doing more to ensure your decisions result in blessings rather than burdens?

Prayer: God, we thank you that with you there is forgiveness. We all fall short. But today, help us to live hopefully, with an eye toward blessing the next generations – even unto eternity. We pray these things in Jesus’ name, amen.

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