Chinks — Part I — How it all starts
I was backing down my driveway on my way to work one day and noticed the expansion joint nearest the street was damp in one small spot. When I got home from work the entire expansion joint (Expansion joints are those driveway dividers that allow the concrete to expand without tearing up the driveway. I had to look it up) was wet. The next morning the whole section of our driveway was wet and we saw this two-inch spout of water bubbling up where the driveway met the street.
Long story short–a county road crew tore up my driveway and half my yard. They had to replace a 15-foot section of pipe about ten feet below ground. When they got to the pipe I saw the chink that caused all the trouble. It looked like a hairline fracture in a broken arm x-ray. From ground level the crack was about the size of a magic marker meandering along the top of the pipe. That tiny chink seeped water for days and saturated the ground above it all the way to the lawn. The force of the water leaking from that chink had nowhere else to go. It finally found my driveway.
Aren’t we like that sometimes?
Ephesians 4:27 tells us, “do not give Satan a foothold.” In other words don’t give Satan a chance to take advantage of our weaknesses.
Wordnik defines a chink as a potentially fatal vulnerability or flaw in a protection system. Satan’s just like the chink in that pipe. If he finds any vulnerability or flaws in us, he’ll do whatever he can to gain a foothold. Once he gets his foot in the door, over time pressure builds. If we don’t do something to fix the chink Satan will attack it, expose it, and use it to destroy our witness, force a wedge in our relationship to God, with the ulterior motive of destroying us (as long as we allow him to). Before you know it, the evil stench is bubbling down our driveways and we’ve got major sin in our lives and disasters to deal with.
The wink at the good looking contractor in the cube next to yours. That leads to idle water cooler chat. That leads to a casual lunch then dinner, then . . . (You know where this is headed.) It all starts with a chink, that vulnerable area in our lives. I don’t want to sound simplistic. but Satan is such a subtle, conniving deceiver sometimes it’s hard to see him coming, and you don’t know he’s there until the water starts bubbling up from the driveway and running down the street.
Do you have any chinks in your protective system? Are you dealing with stuff in your life you don’t know how to fix? If so, I know a permanent fix — a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you know Him today? Would you like to fix vulnerable areas in your life? Would you like to prevent more vulnerabilities in your life from destroying you? Follow this link to discover the fixing power of Jesus Christ and embrace your new protective system that has no chinks.
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In Chinks — Part II we’ll look at some of the chinks, the vulnerable areas of our lives Satan loves to attack.
In Chinks — Part III we’ll explore ways to fix existing chinks and prevent future chinks from gushing down your driveway.