My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to the affect of sin in our lives, even though we know better and have the ability to avoid the temptation, how often do we end up on the wrong side of knowledge, discovering only later how culpable we had been to sin all along?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Why do we sometimes do the things that we do? After we do them, the dumb things, we often find ourselves saying: “Why did I do that?” At the moment of execution we’re most likely angry with the circumstances. It’s in the moments that follow, however, when it’s had a chance to sink in, we begin to focus the irritation on ourselves. Funny how that always seems to be in that order and seldom reversed. Let me give you an example. Years ago my son Dan built a set of ramps in our garage. He used the ramps to crawl underneath his car to do repairs. They were intended to be semi-permanent with the assumption that Dad could use them as well. All I had to do was to line my car up each night as I came home from the office; then drive carefully up the ramps. Most nights that worked; except a particular night when I was in a hurry. Instead of taking the time to line my car up properly, I merely turned into the garage, careening off the ramps with a crash. I was angry with Dan for building those ramps, no doubt, but it was only a matter of moments before I realized my own culpability. All harm could have been avoided if I had been more careful.
You know, it’s no different when it comes to the affect of sin in our lives. We know better and have the ability to avoid the temptation, but often end up on the wrong side of knowledge, discovering only later how culpable we had been all along.
Here’s a story. Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman told of a distinguished minister, Dr. Howard, from Australia who preached very strongly on the subject of sin. After the service, one of the church officers came to counsel with him in the study. “Dr. Howard,” he said, “we don’t want you to talk as openly as you do about man’s guilt and corruption, because if our boys and girls hear you discussing that subject they will more easily become sinners. Call it a mistake if you will, but do not speak so plainly about sin.” The minister took down a small bottle and showing it to the visitor said, “You see that label? It says strychnine – and underneath in bold, red letters the word ‘Poison!’ Do you know, man, what you are asking me to do? You are suggesting that I change the label. Suppose I do, and paste over it the words, ‘Essence of Peppermint’; don’t you see what might happen? Someone would use it, not knowing the danger involved, and would certainly die.” (Source unknown)
Evidently knowing what we need to do is not the answer when it comes to avoiding sin. Nor is being determined to do it right in the first place. You and I hurry through life, often avoiding its many sinful pitfalls, then our judgment lapses for the moment and we inevitably fail. When it comes to sin, mere knowledge of right and wrong just won’t cut it. On our own, we’re helpless. When we call upon the name of the Lord, asking Him to help us, we take a hold of the tremendous power of Christ, who knew sin well, but was able to bear up under it perfectly. Sin is sin. There’s no other way to label it. But, when we know Christ as our Savior from sin, we need never fear it. Our knowledge is useless, but his understanding is perfect.
We pray. Heavenly Father, you have taught us in your Word that we can have the knowledge of sin when we read your Word and apply it to our lives. We are thankful for the times that we able to avoid sin because you have provided the truth so lovingly for us. Forgive us Father when we hurry through life, giving sin little thought, and come to a sinful crash. Help us Father to avoid sin at all costs, but in grace protect us from ourselves when we fail. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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