My friend, may I ask you a question? When you think about it, is it the small things, like getting sand in your shoe, that often serves to open the door to sin entering into your life? If it is the little things, are they able to grind away at you until you’re ready to throw in the towel?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
There’s an old adage “For want of a peg, the house is fallen.” A better translation would be: “If you’re one nail short, all your work could come crashing down on you.” Here’s an example. I built a gate on our back deck several years ago and discovered within just a matter of weeks that the entire gate began to lean and finally jam itself in place. I measured the gate to see if it was square and everything checked out. Nevertheless, when I took a closer look at my construction work I discovered that all I had needed to do was add one nail to a brace that held the gate square, and the entire lean would be taken care of. Without that one nail the gate didn’t function. With it in place, the gate was now square and worked the way I had designed it to work in the first place.
In essence, it’s the little things, the things that we know about but don’t feel are important enough to merit our total attention, that can become our downfall. I was reminded of this recently when trying to get into a shed I had built toward the back of our property. Normally I went in through the overhead door. But this time I decided to try the service door next to it. It wouldn’t budge. It seems that the building had shifted on me over the course of a few years. The foundation stones on one corner of the structure had sunk about a quarter of an inch. For want of a little tamping beneath them (a minor sin I felt at the time), the entire structure had moved and I was faced with a mud-jacking job that would be time-consuming and backbreaking.
For want of a peg! When you think of it, its similar in the way sin first enters into and then affects our lives. It’s the little things, the little sins that grind away at you until you’re ready to throw in the towel.
Here’s a story: Imagine all the obstacles a person might have to overcome if he were to walk from New York City to San Francisco. One man who accomplished this rare achievement mentioned a rather surprising difficulty when asked to tell of his biggest hurdle. He said that the toughest part of the trip wasn’t traversing the steep slopes of the mountains or crossing hot, dry, barren stretches of desert. Instead, he said, “The thing that came the closest to defeating me was the sand in my shoes.” (Our Daily Bread.)
Small sins may be subtle, almost innocent. But, when left to themselves and built upon, they almost always result in sin that is out of control. Adam’s one small bite of an apple resulted, in but a generation’s time, the sin of murder when Cain killed Abel. It’s often simple disobedience that can lead to the worst sin; the little indiscretion that becomes the crime. We need to look for the little sins in our lives, mark them, and make confession. When we take the time to pour the sand out of our shoes, we just might avoid stubbing our toe on something bigger down life’s road.
We pray. Heavenly Father, may we constantly hold your Word as the most valuable resource we have to fight both the small and large sins in our lives. Help us Father to protect ourselves especially from the small sins that so easily enter into our lives and infiltrate our defenses against sin. Forgive us Father when we think of small sins as unimportant. Often it’s the small things that throw our lives out of square and lead to larger sins that jam up our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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