In the face of?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Is not getting caught in sin is one of the greatest attractions of doing it in the first place? Like staring down a gun barrel, do we often choose to take the risk because it just doesn’t seem all that possible we will actually get caught? 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 sixty and put the truck into the woods on the side of the road. We all ended up on the floor of that truck laughing our heads off. We made it! But it was close. What we later found out was that the driver’s dad discovered when he noticed the dents in the truck. I guess we didn’t make it 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. 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, we praise Your Holy Name because You made us in Your image, fashioned us with a purpose, and blessed our lives with love, life and fulfillment. Yet, O Lord, we so often wish everything that You purposed for the sake of the moment, the whim and the temporary. Forgive us Father for assuming the risk of sin, knowing all along that life is finite and our purpose will someday have an end. Forgive us for our arrogance and lack of wisdom when we so often place our moment before your eternity. 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. If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!” <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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