(B)ut each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. – James 1:14-15
Many accidental deaths result from taking risks. That’s the conclusion of an organization in Canada that is seeking to decrease accidents between cars and trains. Roger Cyr, the organization’s national director, puts most of the blame for fatalities on drivers who are risk takers.
“Studies have shown that when people hear a train whistle, their minds tell them to accelerate their speed,” says Cyr. “About 43 percent of the accidents occur at crossings equipped with flashing lights and bells or gates.” Cyr also said that many drivers “even have the audacity to drive around or under gates.”
Drivers take the risks, thinking they can beat the train and somehow miss the collision. But the consequences are often tragic, because when a car and a train collide, the train will always win.
While it’s easy to look at such sad statistics and shake our heads, the truth is that many people today, even Christians, do the exact same thing with sin. They think themselves to be invincible to sin’s effects, and they charge headfirst into situations that often result in them succumbing to destructive behavior.
When it comes to sin, don’t take unnecessary risks. Guard yourself against falling into destructive behavior and live your life in obedience to God through His grace.
Pray that God would give you the wisdom to avoid taking unnecessary sin risks.
Questions for thought
What are some times in your life that, as you look back, you took unnecessary risks that caused you to fall into sin?
How can you avoid falling into those same traps in the future?