One winter a resort Breckenridge, Colorado, posted signs instructing skiers to keep off a certain slope. The signs, large and distinct, said, “Danger! Out Of Bounds!” In spite of the warnings, however, several skiers went into the area. The result? A half-mile-wide avalanche buried four of the trespassers beneath tons of snow and rock. This tragedy never would have happened if the signs had been heeded.
God has posted clear warning signs in the Bible to tell us what kinds of behavior and attitudes are off-limits. The Lord loves us and wants us to spare us from tragedy. He warned us about lying, stealing, blasphemy, filthy language, adultery, murder, drunkenness, and a host of other sins. Yet, many times we ignore His warnings and intentionally wander into a forbidden area. We convince ourselves that nothing bad will happen to us or that we can turn back if we sense danger.
But God is not kidding, nor is He being authoritarian. Sinning guarantees His disapproval and opens the door to remorse and tragedy. A person who repeatedly commits these sins may be giving evidence that he has never really been saved (1 John 3:4-9).
Are you tempted to explore a forbidden area of sin? Don’t be foolish. Heed God’s warning signs that say, “Danger! Out Of Bounds!” – David C. Egner
Master, speak and make me ready
When Your voice is truly heard,
With obedience glad and steady
Still to follow every word. – Havergal
The cost of obedience is small compared with the cost of disobedience.
- September 10, 1990, Our Daily Bread