PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• The movies depict drowning as a thrashing, screaming-for-help kind of scenario, but the reality is that drowning is a very quiet death.
I’m not going to go into the gory details, but suffice it to say, the movies have mislead us in that regard (drama sells more tickets).
With that said, we often assume sin is a big, noisy, splashy, obvious commotion, but the reality is — sin often sneaks up on us.
It starts with a small compromise and before we know it, we are drowning in a sin we didn’t see coming.
I started thinking about it this morning when I read 2 Kings 17.
God proved His power over and over and over and over again, and yet the persistent sins of the kings and the people continued.
But when you think about it, how different are we?
The kings written about in 2 Kings perpetuated a cycle just as our sneaky sins perpetuate sin-cycles in our own lives.
And they were drowning in it.
2 Kings 17:13-15 says, “Again and again the Lord had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: ‘Turn from all your evil ways. Obey my commands and decrees—the entire law that I commanded your ancestors to obey, and that I gave you through my servants the prophets.’ But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the Lord their God. They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the Lord’s command not to imitate them.”
What I find so interesting in verse 15 is, “They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves.”
Our sins put us in the same position.
When we disobey God and live by our own sinful desires, we devalue ourselves.
We were created for so much more, but sin comes at such a high cost — guilt, shame, sadness, damaged relationships.
It makes us feel worthless.
But Friends, we were redeemed at the priceless expense of Jesus’ blood.
We DO have worth.
We are worth so much and are so valuable in God’s eyes that He let His own Son die for us.
Isn’t it amazing that we can be rescued from the very sins that threaten to drown us?
We’re reminded of this truth in Romans 5:8, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
And Jesus Himself reminded us of this in Luke 12:6-7, when He said, “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
We have to remember God’s promises and Word at all times.
It’s the only way we can avoid having sin sneak up on us… it’s better to catch it while it’s a puddle before it turns into an ocean that threatens to drown us.
We’re worth more.
And God doesn’t want us to suffer in an ocean of sin of our own making.
He wants us to obey Him, trusting Him that He has everything figured out.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for the price He paid for you.
Thank God for placing such an extraordinary value on you.
And ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize sin before you find yourself in danger from it.
And if you’re drowning in a sin-situation now, just know and trust that Jesus has a life preserver and is ready to rescue you.
You just need to reach for it and He can pull you out for complete and total redemption.