Gently guided off course
by, Jul 20th 2009 at 10:36 PM (556 Views)
I got to thinking about asteroids, and the possibility of an asteroid or comet striking the earth. It seemed relevant, so I thought I'd share it.
If such an asteroid were spotted the process to save the earth would be pretty clear. We send a spacecraft to intercept it, plant some kind of charge against it, and divert its path by a tiny amount - possibly a small fraction of a degree. The difference is minimal, but by the time the comet reaches the earth's orbit it's moved far enough that it passes by instead of slamming into us.
So what's that got to do with our walk with God?
If Satan were to stand right in front of us and try to push us backwards we'd see him coming, know what was going on and fight back. We have that authority over him in the name of Jesus (Luke 10:19).
But what if he stood beside us, guiding us very gently off the path, by such a small amount we barely noticed? Everything looks fine, we're still walking towards God, everything's fine, we take a slight sidestep to avoid a minor obstacle, until suddenly we realise we are lost and God is nowhere to be seen.
My primary thought on this is that the "little sins" that we commit with barely a thought are just as insidious, and maybe more so, than the "big sins" that we immediately regret and repent.