A group of us from church were whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. Before you get to raft, everyone goes through a thorough safety briefing so all rafters know exactly what to do and what not to do in the raft. One of the rules cast in stone is: Don’t Stand Up Ever.
During our ride I was sitting in back near the guide. I was uncomfortable and unable to row correctly. I stood up to adjust my position. In a split second I was upside down under water dangling from the raft. My oar floated away.
Somehow our guide grabbed my jeans and jerked me back into the raft. Then he swam after my oar. I changed sides and got comfortable; but I didn’t stand up again.
The incident reminded me that we’re all just a split second away from sin that can drown us if we’re not obedient to God’s Word.
Someone just flirts a little with a cute office worker. That can lead to a “harmless” lunch. She “really understands” you. It feels nice. Then a harmless dinner when the wife’s visiting her sister. Then a tryst in a sleazy motel. Suddenly a wife gets betrayed, the flood gates open, trust vaporizes and a family can fall apart
Or the flood waters rise because you make one too many commitments at church or at work and neglect your family. Or you make a promise you can’t keep and compromise your integrity just to make a sale. Or you decide to bet online. Just once. Or you click a few times to see if that website shows any more girly flesh.
It only takes a second. One foolish choice. One “I can handle this” to find yourself upside down under water gasping for air.
The Bible makes it very clear. It says, “After desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death” (James 1:15 ). In other words, sin always kills – always.
A Word for the Day on Ron Hutchcraft's website was the inspiration for this blog post.