“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”” 2 Tim. 2:19
Ever so slowly, ever so quietly, ever so gently, the ministry’s special needs service doggy 14-year-old Abigail lifted her beautiful black lab-shepherd mix head and lowered it into paralyzed doggy Mr. Simeon’s bowl of bread and pinto beans (don’t ask, it’s a long story about his special diet!). That’s when I caught her! And that’s when I patiently (a miracle!), lovingly (another miracle!) pointed out to her that she had not gotten away with what she had tried so hard to get away with.
As I just turned my eyes away from my computer as I write this for mere moments, I saw Abigail lifting her head in a new direction, higher up, the direction where I had “safely” placed Mr. Simeon’s food bowl out of her reach once I had discovered her going after it the first time around. In case you’re wondering, Mr. Simeon eats too fast. So I have to give him small portions of his meal at a time. The perfect opportunity for Abigail to go “hunting” with the assumption she will not be found out. Oh, how wrong she is. Not that this stops her from a repeat performance. Of going after her yummy temptation.
Friend, isn’t that what we humans do with sin? We “slowly, ever so quietly, ever so gently” (okay, not always slowly, quietly, and gently!) go “hunting” for something we KNOW is wrong, we KNOW does not belong to us, we KNOW won’t please our Lord and master, we KNOW from the first, second, and third time we went after it was wrong, wrong, and wrong again, but there we are going after it again. And we fully convince ourselves, or try to anyway, “NOBODY” can see and of course we’re going to get away with it! Of course, we won’t get in trouble, we assure ourselves. Of course, we won’t have any consequences to our sin, right?
God sees our hearts. He knows our thoughts. He hears our words. And He watches our actions. He sees it all. And even if the consequences to our sins don’t come right away, they will come eventually.
Friend, something so very powerful I heard years ago from a preacher who finally repented of a particular sin was this. He realized he was HURTING GOD. He realized it wasn’t just about the consequences of his sin, as though that were not enough. It was about the fact he was HURTING GOD’S HEART.
Let us strive to love, please, and honor God by choosing to love, trust, and obey Him. Let us strive to refuse temptation and to love, please, and honor God’s heart. Day by day. Yes!