A devotional thought from Rey De Armas from “Do Not Commit Adultery”
Read: Matthew 5:29-30
Storms are difficult to deal with. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew struck Miami, Florida, with such force that it is said to have caused up to $250 million in damages by winds that blew up to 175 miles per hour. Many families were evicted from their homes by the terrifying storm. Some decided to move while others chose to rebuild. In either case, many vowed that they would be better prepared for next time.
The residents of Miami began to make changes. The city passed stricter building codes. Technology has enabled home windows to withstand debris traveling at high speeds. Shutters have been placed on homes all over Miami-Dade County. There has yet to be a storm that has hit the area with such force since Andrew; but if you were to speak with residents who were there for the fateful storm, they would tell you that they are doing everything in their power to prevent from being without a home after a storm again. No matter how drastic the preparation may seem, it is well worth surviving the storm.
Preventive measures are necessary for dire situations. Nothing reminds us of the need to prevent more than loss. Whether it is loss of possessions or the loss of a loved one, we learn to prevent the worst from happening from these experiences. Some may look at the measures as drastic, but it is probably because they do not know the possible damage that can occur.
Jesus explained in Matthew 5:29-30 that it is better that hands are cut off and eyes gouged out than that we fall into sin. Holiness is now taken to the extreme. Preventive measures are to be taken for the sake of our relationship with God not because the act of cutting your hand off will bring you closer to Him but because it will keep you from becoming less like Christ.
So before you cut off your hand, what do you need to give up? It could mean putting the computer in a public place or getting rid of your smartphone. These measures may seem drastic, but so is separation from God.
Pause & Reflect:
• What kind of preventive measures are you taking toward sin?
• How can you be proactive in your avoidance of sin?
• Pray and ask God to give you wisdom to avoid falling into sin.