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The Comfort of Darkness

Posted on: 7-15-112013

Recently I was reminded of a girls’ lock-in we had at our church when my daughters were young. We had a night in the church gymnasium filled with lots of games, food, and fun. One of the games we played was called “Dark” which is basically hide-and-go-seek in total darkness.  One of the other sponsors and I hid in a room upstairs, knowing that the girls would probably never dare venture upstairs because there was not a shred of light up there. It took a few minutes after the lights came back on when everyone had been “found” before they noticed that we were still missing.  We could hardly contain our laughter as they searched and searched for us.  Finally, we decided we had frustrated them enough.  We burst out the door and shouted, “We win!”  The girls were so surprised (as were some of the other sponsors).  They could not believe we had been brave enough to go upstairs in the dark.  The truth of the matter is that we were not scared of the dark because we were very familiar with our surroundings.  We had been in the gym many times and had climbed the stairs fairly often.  We had been in the room upstairs before and knew what was in the room.  Because we were comfortable in that environment, we were not afraid.  In much the same way, we can become comfortable in the environment of sin and no longer fear it.  When we first take a step toward sin, we may be apprehensive or afraid of the consequences.  We may worry about the dangers associated with our sin.  We may worry about having to face God regarding our sin. However, the longer we allow ourselves to stay in an environment of sin, the more comfortable we become.  When a little time has passed, we start to relax.  We figure that nothing bad has happened yet, so we were worried over nothing.  We realize that God has not stepped out of heaven and come down to condemn us, so maybe we had nothing to fear in the first place. Sadly, the more comfortable we become in the environment of sin, the harder it is to leave it.  And no matter how much we try to convince ourselves otherwise, living in an environment of sin is dangerous.  There are horrible consequences associated with our sin.  God will not condemn us, but He will hold us accountable.  Unlike “Dark”, sin is not a game.  You will pay a terrible price for your sin.  You will get hurt by it, not to mention the fact that others probably will to.  The good news is that you don’t have to stay in the environment of sin.  You can get out!  All you have to do is call out to God for help…He will come to your rescue before you can even finish saying His name.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

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