My friend, may I ask you a question? When we dabble in sin, play around with the risky actions that we know are wrong but do it because, well, what’s the risk of really getting caught, do we neglect one thing? Does sin comes back to haunt you later, when you least expect it?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
It’s fun to get away with things, isn’t it? You know, those things that you know are risky and you shouldn’t be doing? I remember driving with a buddy many years ago in his “hopped-up” van down a winding country road. There was a dip in the road ahead and we all knew it. The risk was apparent, but we figured what were the odds of having an accident any way? So we hit the dip going 60mph and put the truck into the woods on the side of the road. At first we all held our breath as it looked as it appeared we’d into the trees. In the end, however, we all ended up on the floor of that truck laughing our heads off. We made it! The exhilaration of taking the chance, overcoming the risk and coming perilously close to disaster was, well fun. But it was close. What we later found out was that the driver’s dad discovered what we had done when he noticed the dents in the truck. I guess we didn’t make it out of our little daring deed after all.
When we dabble in sin, play around with the risky actions that we know are wrong but do it because, well, what’s the risk of really getting caught, we neglect one thing. Often sin comes back to haunt you later, when you least expect it.
Here’s a story. In 1982, “ABC Evening News” reported on an unusual work of modern art–a chair affixed to a shotgun. It was to be viewed by sitting in the chair and looking directly into the gun barrel. The gun was loaded and set on a timer to fire at an undetermined moment within the next hundred years. The amazing thing was that people waited in lines to sit and stare into the shell’s path! They all knew the gun could go off at point-blank range at any moment, but they were gambling that the fatal blast wouldn’t happen during their minute in the chair. Yes, it was foolhardy, yet many people who wouldn’t dream of sitting in that chair live a lifetime gambling that they can get away with sin. Foolishly they ignore the risk until the inevitable self-destruction. (Wake Up Calls, Ron Hutchcraft, Moody, 1990, p.60.)
Not getting caught in sin is one of the greatest attractions of doing it in the first place. When my friends and I went rocketing down that country road we knew what was going to happen because we had often driven down that road before. We were anticipating the dip in the road because we had lurched over it in the past and knew that there was a fairly good chance that the outcome would be risky. We did it anyway because the risk itself drew us. Like sitting in that chair and staring down the gun barrel, we often choose to take the risk because it just doesn’t seem all that possible we will actually get caught. But, the nature of sin is this: it works quietly, often behind the scenes, just waiting for the right moment to catch us off our guard. It knows that once the trigger is pulled, it’s too late to get out of the chair.
We pray. Heavenly Father, sin has an attraction for us because the risk itself often has an attraction for us. The idea of not getting caught has a natural allure to us not only as youths but often as adults. Forgive us Father when we allow ourselves to step over the line and allow risk to dominate our lives as Christians. Help us Father to put risk behind us, not leading us into situations which can only result in temptations we can’t avoid. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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