About 25 feet up in the maple tree behind my house hung a gray, cone-shaped object about 10 inches long. I decided to get closer to find out what it was.
Armed with a long fishing pole and standing on top of a barrel, I steered the end of the pole into the opening at the bottom of the object. And then it happened! Like a streak of lightning, down they came, first one, then another! I sprawled on the ground. Soon both eyes were swollen shut and I had large bumps on my forehead. I had been attacked by white-faced hornets. That was the last time I bothered them!
So it is with sin. The way to keep from being stung is to stay far from it.
As Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, the Lord said He would send “hornets” to drive out their enemies (Exodus 23:28). But God also warned Israel not to turn from Him (v.33). As the people soon found out, disobedience would bring down the Lord’s stinging judgment on them instead of on their enemies (32:7-10).
So don’t try to see how close you can get to sin without getting into trouble—rather, see how far you can stay away. Listen to the warnings of God’s Word, and don’t forget the pain of past mistakes. Learn from them. If you do, you’ll avoid being stung again!
Today avoid sin's tempting lures
And evil thoughts subdue,
Or worldly things may take control
And someday master you! —Bosch
When you flee temptation, be sure you don't leave a forwarding address.