Have you ever built a house of cards and tried to blow air at it at varying intensities in order to see what it would take to knock it over? Or played Jenga, which is a game of trying to pull wooden blocks from a tall, horizontal structure, without it tipping over and crashing to the table? Both the house of cards and Jenga are like trying to hold a sinful situation together. It takes a lot of effort to sustain the situation, and in the end it is not enough – all three eventually succumb to the crash.
I have seen and heard of students (and staff) get into dangerous situations that take many forms – cheating on a test (or a spouse), alcohol or drug use, lying to cover up an addictive habit, a premarital sexual relationship, or not controlling their financial matters. They stuck with their shadowy behavior, believing they could avoid the consequences of their actions. But the law of sowing and reaping always kicks in. Ultimately, the situation overheats like a boiling pot with a lid on, and the pressure has to go somewhere.
Read Isaiah 30:12-18. History records that the nation of Israel was facing real pressure. The prophet Isaiah warned the nation that they would crumble like a cracked jar because of their sinful attitudes and actions. God would not be mocked – Israel would eventually erode from the inside and their collapse would be instant, painful, and complete.
Sadly, Israel did not listen to Isaiah and they suffered the consequences he described. Rather than turn to God in repentance (which He desired), they avoided Him and missed the opportunity to benefit from the compassion He longed to show (v 18). They decided to ignore the prophet and walk in their own ways – and they paid the price for it.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27 that people have a choice about the kind of foundation they choose to build their lives on. Wise builders choose to build their lives on His Word, and foolish builders do not. Jesus said that everyone will feel the winds blow and beat against their house, but the house not built on His words will fall with a great crash.
We all know that life is full of temptations that entice us to sin and miss God’s best for us. If we are not diligent, we will succumb to the old nature. If and when we sin, we need to act like 1 John 1:9 tell us to. Otherwise, our energies will be sucked into trying to hold together a situation that we know is wrong. The more you wait, the longer and deeper you are drawn in, the crummier you feel, and finally the whole thing falls apart.
Have you been testing forbidden fruit? Be warned. You will reap what you sow. It could result in an unplanned pregnancy, academic trouble, a loss of reputation, and even being arrested – all consequences you may have to face when you cross a line you cannot cross back over. Every action has consequences – some will be permanent – but God’s healing and forgiveness is still available. Allow the Word of God to convict you of the danger signs and consequences of sin, as well as the fruit of staying on track in your journey.
If you are in a sinful situation – get out! Owning up to your sin will be humbling. But it is not as bad as when the circumstances force you to own up to your actions. It doesn’t take much breath to blow over a house of cards – a metaphor for a sinful lifestyle that can fall at any time. Walk wisely. Deal with sin now or it may ruin your present and future.
Love is a verb,