There once was a hotel in Texas called the Flagship, built right near the Gulf of Mexico. Large windows around the dining room on the first floor gave a beautiful view of the water, but the hotel was spending a lot of money replacing the windows. Can you guess why? Some guests thought it would be a good idea to go fishing from their balconies! It was such a long way from their balconies to the water that they would put heavy weights on the fishing lines. Then they would cast their lines. . .
The weights would smash right into the expensive windows below.
The hotel tried to stop people from fishing from the balconies, but nothing worked. Finally, the hotel management took down the “No Fishing from the Balcony” signs in the guest rooms and, ironically, no one fished from them again!
Then again, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. People always seem to want to do what they know they’re not allowed to. Babies do it. Children do it. Even adults do it! Of course, when children do it, we call it disobedience; when we do it, we call it liberty. But it’s rebellion, plain and simple—one of the most difficult sins to overcome.
Humans can be very stubborn, not wanting to obey God even though we know very well that His commands are good and right. In spite of our stubbornness and pride, however, the Bible promises that if we stop rebelling and turn to God, He will forgive us. Isaiah 55:7 says:
Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
What is a sin you’re tempted to indulge in the more you’re convicted you must not? In what ways does your heart rebel against God? Unless, with His help, you forsake unrighteousness, it will continue to cause destruction in your life.
♦ Adapted from a shorter devotional that will appear in my upcoming book, Truth, Dare, Double Dare