One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful. – 2 Samuel 11:2.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! – 1 Corinthians 10:12.
Danger – Lurking Close By
On April 14, 1912, when the Titanic sank, 1,500 people died, On July 24, 1915, when the excursion ship Eastland turned over and sank, 812 of the 2,500 aboard died. While the Titanic sank in the great depths of the Atlantic, with a few pitiful survivors in sight, the Eastland capsized while tied to her pier on the river in downtown Chicago as thousands watched in horror.
How often we take safety for granted when danger lurks nearby. We would think using a painted intersection the safest way to cross the street. Yet a three-year study in Long Beach, California showed that eight times as many people were hurt in intersections with painted crosswalks as those without them. A five-year study of 400 intersections in San Diego showed six times as many accidents in marked as in unmarked crosswalks.
Sometimes, Christians steadily scale spiritual challenges, only to fall into disgrace afterwards. Just a few days separated Peter from being a rock of support and a sorrow to Christ, because Peter felt that his confession of Christ’s deity allowed him the right to interpret its meaning. We are never so close to spiritual disaster as when we think ourselves impervious to it. Satan loves to humiliate those who proudly feel themselves above it.