“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow (to destruction), making them an ensample (example) unto those that after should live ungodly;”2 Peter 2:4-6
I have heard the saying that sin will take you further than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay. Sin is alluring to us, much like the shiny hook that glistens in the water and attracts unsuspecting fish. The devil has many hooks and lures he uses to gain an advantage, and he has no intention of ever letting us go once he has us on the line. We never quite realize the consequences of sin until they are fully upon us, and we wonder how we allowed ourselves to get to that point. Judges 16:20 states, “And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself (free). And he wist (knew) not that the LORD was departed from him.”
Sin is quickly upon us and we think we can shake ourselves free of its consequences until realize how far we are from the Lord. I went to a Christian school from the time I was in kindergarten to when I was shown the door as a senior in high school. We often think the Christian school is the perfect environment, but it is still filled with sinners such as I was. I would not take back what I learned in the Christian school, and I know I was kept from a lot of trouble because of it. My classmates and I attended numerous Bible classes and learned and memorized many verses. We sat in many classes which were scripture-focused, and it was a biblical perspective we were given on all accounts. We sat in numerous chapel services, were warned of the consequences of sin, and were given biblical examples of those who paid dearly for their sinful behavior.
Years later, I opened up the daily newspaper to see the face of a classmate I went to Christian school with plastered on the front page. He was wanted for a theft ring he was involved with and my heart sank for him. Sometime after that, I learned another person I went to school with was involved in a conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree. He was sentenced to life in prison, and it is hard for me to imagine him there as I would have never guessed he would grow up and be involved in such a scheme. His dad was a pastor and he even had a crush on Rebekah in high school. I am positive he was warned of the consequences of sin, but he fell headlong into it, as I did myself. I am grateful how God spared me from going too far in my sin, and how His truth allowed me to see the right way even in the depths of my darkness. I can remember the moments of truth that God gave me even when I tried to pursue the hook and lure that shined out in the open waters of sin.
God does not look at sin lightly and there is always a price to pay for the pleasures that last but for a moment. He is a just God who cannot and will not overlook sin, but He must judge sin as it cost Him the life of His Son. In these verses, we see the price that even the angels paid for sin, and it serves as a warning to us that we will face the consequences of sin if we do not confess and forsake it. The world is attempting to do everything to avoid consequences of sinful living, but God is not mocked and we will reap what we sow.
What are you involved in that you know is not right? Are you willing to look at sin as God does or are you living a double life which will surely be found out? You may fool a lot of people, but you can never fool Almighty God. May we heed to the warning given here and get serious about our spiritual walk with God. May we learn from the examples given in scripture and in life, and may God’s warning be heeded. Live to be free and avoid the lures and hooks of the devil. One second of sinful pleasure will never equate to the joy that comes with living for the Lord. What will you choose today?