WHEN THE CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST…
The idea behind the expression “When the chickens come home to roost” is taken from one of the natural instincts that God placed in a part of his creation. In the early morning, when day begins to dawn, chickens leave the hen house. If they are not confined, they may wander a long way during the day feeding, but when the sun has set and twilight begins, the chickens return to the hen house. No one has to go and get them; no one even has to call them. It is as if by a certain signal, they gather in their roosting place before dark. The chickens always come home to roost!
Just as the chickens come home to roost, the results of a sinful life always come back to haunt us. Since this is true, the “hen houses” of a great many people in our generation are going to be overcrowded. It is sad that most people cannot seem to benefit from the experience of others. We can all look about us and see the results of sin. We can see the later life of the drunken bum as he is homeless, without family or friends, depending upon a handout wherever he can get it in order to exist, without dignity, without self respect, and know that at one time he had his health, and life was before him, and he only took an occasional social drink. We can point this man out to the social drinker and say, “This is the danger of social drinking.” However, few people are persuaded to stop, because they will not look beyond the present moment. Likewise, there are people all around us whose hearts have become hardened; who live careless or sinful lives; who no longer give God a second thought, and who cannot be touched with the gospel of Christ, but who at one time were faithful members of the church of our Lord. Again, we can point these out to the church member who occasionally misses a service without a reason, saying, “This is what can happen to you.” Yet, how many really believe it? How many, because of this knowledge, become faithful? So very few.
The real lesson is that we are going to reap the results of whatever we have sown. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Gal.6:7). Sow a life of sin and carelessness, and you will reap the results of this in your children and grandchildren, and then eternal destruction from the presence of the Lord. However, the opposite is also true. Sow a life of faithfulness to God, reap the results in life and a home in heaven for all eternity. (Rev.2:10). Yes, your “chickens” will come home to roost!