While I take the responsibility of posting devotionals on the NHIM website seriously, nevertheless, a funny story from my mountain background serves as the impetus for this devotional. Here’s the story:
A stranger (from the flat ground) was traveling in the mountains on Squabble Creek Road. There had been a couple of days of hard spring rains. He came over a rise, and the road disappeared in a pool of water that had covered the road. He stopped his fine car and walked to the water’s edge in an effort to determine the depth of the water. He couldn’t see through the murky water, so he took off his shoes, rolled up his pant legs, and waded out a short distance. Unable to ascertain if he could drive through the water, he found a long stick and tried again. After several more failed attempts, he looked up and saw an old mountaineer leaning on a fence post on the bank above him. “Do you live around here?” the stranger inquired. “Might nigh all my life”, was the reply. “Can I drive through this water without drowning out my car?” The old man answered, “Yep, I’d reckon ye can. It hain’t vary deep.” The stranger drove into the water. Within moments, his car disappeared beneath the muddy water. Wet and angry, the stranger struggled back up to road by the old man. He shouted, “You stupid old hillbilly! I thought you said the water wasn’t very deep.” The old man responded, “I didn’t figger it were. T’was only chest-deep on my ducks.”
From the beginning, Satan has tried to lure us into sin by lying about the eternal consequences of disobedience. His deceitful nature can be seen in mankind’s first encounter with him in the Garden of Eden. “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘ You will not surely die’” Genesis 3:4 (NKJ). Eve saw that the forbidden tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eye. She took the fruit and ate. Oh, what a price she paid! What a price all people have paid ever since that day. Satan is still using his devious ways. He tells unwary people that the waters of sin aren’t that deep and they can make it through with little difficulty. Then, when it is too late, they are in over their head and overwhelmed.
The cunning lies of Satan can be heard in the words of many secular songs. The lustful lyrics that one proclaims, “ It can’t be wrong, if it feels so right”. You can hear the hiss of the Serpent in the words of another, “Heaven’s just a sin away.” Paul speaks to the issue in Titus 3:3 (NKJ): “For we ourselves were once also foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures…” There is a phrase in an old gospel song of several years ago, which makes the truth about sin very clear. “Sin will take you farther than you ever planned to go, sin will keep you longer than you ever wanted to stay, and sin will cost you more than you ever expected to pay.”
Hear the final word on the matter. Galatians 6:7-8 (NKJ): “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
~ Brother Roy