December 26, 2012

“All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.” Proverbs 7:22-23

I think I need to stop watching the “Frozen Planet” documentary on the Discovery Channel. I watched one of the episodes a couple of days ago and I am still a little disturbed.  The scene that has gotten stuck in my mind was of a seal being caught by an orca (killer whale). This seal had put on a great chase; it had balanced on a chuck of ice that the whales kept spinning in an attempt to toss him off; then the seal made a break for a larger ice pack and safety and he made it. Only, he was not careful and in utter exhaustion had stayed too close to the edge of the ice. The seal had thought he was safe but an orca was still able to raise out of the water and bite the seal’s tail that was still within reach and slowly drag it to its death.  It is the eyes of the seal as it is drug to its death that are so disturbing. frozen-planet-orca-drowns-seal-590x350

There is nature for you. If someone is suffering under the delusion that nature is full of peace and tranquility, then they need to watch one of these nature documentaries. The peace and tranquility that one may experience in nature is a very small slice of that reality. I love to visit nature – hiking in the woods, camping along a lake, climbing to the top of peaks, skiing down a mountain slope.

I have no desire to get back to nature; things get eaten in nature.   My preference is to be at the top of the food chain and in nature that is not guaranteed. A seal is a predator of fish and penguins one day and the prey of a pod of ocras the next.  Our civilized societies protect us from much of the harsher dangers of nature.  I like that protection of suburbia.

It seems to me that we are in a spiritual environment that is more like the Alaskan wilderness than suburbia.  Proverbs warns of a young man becoming prey. This foolish young man wandered too close to the edge of the ice.  He wandered out at night and into a neighborhood where he was prey.  His defense against the woman, wily of heart, was that of a seal against an ocra. He was doomed when he first heard her smooth words – an ox to the slaughter.

It is such a graphic picture. Man caught in the powerful jaws of sin. The majority of the yielding to sin is the slow dragging to the actual act that resulted from wandering too close to the edge of the ice.  It does not matter all that much if it was an inadvertent wandering or a wanton wandering – the difference is between being foolish or naïve.  The result is the same.

So often, we pray, “Lord give me strength to endure this temptation.”  We should be praying, “Lord, keep me from temptation.”  “Lead us not into temptation” – means, “ keep me away from the edge of the ice.”

I am reminded of a tale that I heard when I was young about avoiding temptation:

120529095506-golden-jubilee-horizontal-gallery“A long time ago there was a king in search of a driver for his queen’s carriage. The king and queen lived in a castle high atop the tallest mountain in the land. The road was very dangerous with steep dropoffs and ledges so the king wanted only the best driver to escort the queen. The three best drivers in all the land were brought before the king for interviews. One by one the drivers were brought before the king and asked the same question. “If you were the driver of the queen’s carriage, how close to the edge could you get without the carriage falling off a cliff?” The first driver thought for a minute and answered the king;”I could drive the queen’s carriage twelve inches from the edge without fear of going over.” The king thanked him and asked for another driver. The second man answered, “I could drive the queen’s carriage six inches from the edge without fear of going over.” The king also thanked that man and asked to see the last driver. Upon being asked the same question as the other two, “if you were the driver of the queen’s carriage, how close to the edge could you get without the carriage falling off?” the last driver without hesitation answered: “If I were the driver of the queen’s carriage, I would drive as far away from the edge as possible to ensure the safety of the queen.” Needless to say, that driver became the queen’s driver for years to come. (Unknown) http://www.khkma.com/news/13/a-king-and-his-carriage-a-story-about-character

There are so many out there that think they can play around with sin.  They enjoy the excitement of skirting the edge of the ice. They play games with the orca of sin to see if it will catch them and then they are surprised when it happens. We need to treat our faith and relationship with God as the treasure that it truly is – it is as valuable as the Queen’s life.  The only reasonable course is to stay as far away from the edge of the cliff as possible to ensure your safety.

After all, it is just your faith you’re playing with.

PRAYER: Father, thank you for all the temptation that you have kept me from.  Thank you for keeping me from temptations that you know that I could not resist.  Father – forgive me for dabbling on the edge of temptation.  Forgive me for not valuing you and desiring a taste of what this world is selling.  Forgive me for deceiving myself into think that there is no price to pay for sin.  Lord – lead me not into temptation; rescue me from my foolishness; teach me how to flee to your protection.   Amen


  1. There are resident pods of orcas who stay in a particular region and eat fish. Then there are transient pods of orcas who travel around. These eat sea mammals. Sometimes a group of them will work together to tip an ice floe and dump a seal off so even if it had not been close to the edge it may have been doomed.

  2. Excellent word. When I hear people make such comments as, “It don’t hurt to window shop,” my response is, “You look, you think… You think, you want…You want, you act.” Stay away from the edge and you won’t have to worry about falling off.

  3. Reblogged this on A DEVOTED LIFE.

  4. Awesome article as for me, a picture paints a 1,000 words especially in the eyes!!! As I was praying for some people that have gotten themselves entangled with addictions, the Lord spoke to me and said, Be careful with getting to near to trying something just for the ‘I just have to see for myself and how can I help someone get out of these things if I have not gotten out of it myself attitude’? People are playing with sins and thinking there is no price to pay but the morning after, this is like playing with dynamite without a flame to ignite it with, even the very powder Nitroglycerin can be deadly!!! We, The Body of Christ need to gear up, be careful and warn others as we are empowered and instructed by The Holy Spirit out of HIS Love to do so! Thanks for your obedience and love;0)

    • Amen!

  5. […] We are told that Christ came into the world to save sinners, 1 Timothy 1:15. I alluded to that perhaps the reason that the last act of creation was to create a new world because mankind has failed God, to be blunt – un-repentantly sinned against God. I read an excellent analogy of sin and our attitudes toward sin posted by a reader called; Playing With Killer Whales. […]

  6. Excellent analogy. Society as a whole has succumbed to sin, the real tragedy is that there are too few pastors willing to preach against sin for fear of losing members in their congregation.

    • I agree. The sad reality is that being lost and inside of Church is of the same consequence as being lost and outside of the Church. I think that there a many a Pastor who should trust God a lot more and just preach the word and let the Spirit do His thing and the Church would be much better off.

  7. good article! I can’t help thinking that perhaps the dangers of nature were our teachers so we didn’t get too comfy and forget our spiritual lives must be just as diligent or we perish anyway! We’ve (the church, Christian’s) gotten soft and so many don’t even realize the war they are in spiritually. Tossed too and fro they cry out for relief but have forgotten they are the one’s who have to fight the battle. I see it constantly in dealing with people in recovery. Makes me think of the verse where Jesus looked on the crowds and had such compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6) I wonder if the church has forgotten it’s role or if the people have left the truth. I think it’s a lot of both. Thanks for bringing the subject up. Hopefully the more we share, the more will come to understanding.

    • Amen! I agree completely. I think that we do need to wait up to the reality of the spiritual world that we live in. The Bible is full of warnings. I always remind myself that a warning is only there if something bad can actually happen.
      I am afraid that many are comfortable with an infant like faith and do even know what it is like to mature. I am equally afraid that there a many in the Church who are false converts, who Jesus will tell them that he never knew them.
      I am hopefully with you in that the more we share, them more others will see a difference and come to understand that they need to get serious.
      God Bless!

  8. So thankful that “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Cor 10:13 ESV
    Too often when we sin, it is because we are not looking for the way of escape that He has already provided.

    • So very true!

  9. Don’t get too comfy in suburbia. I can’t help but think of a documentary I’ve been watching on Mankind’s journey. No where have I seen more brutality against one’s own kind than that of man down through the ages. People often question today if we are living in the end times. The things mankind has endured in the past must have made them certain that those were the end times. The more people who have the Holy Spirit alive in their hearts, the better mankind will be in this evil world. For if man is void of the Holy Spirit, evil is sure to take a foothold in his heart and more atrocities will occur.

    • Your point is well taken. My son and I have been watching the “Mankind The Story of All of Us” documentary on the History channel. I agree that the security of suburbia is mostly temporal. The history of mankind is a brutal one.
      I am always amazed at how people can look at the history of mankind and believe a utopian society. Our history does not lend itself to that type of reasoning. Our history shows that this world is broken and in need of a Savior.

  10. A great comparison. Mankind is so snared by evil, the recent tragedy in CT a horrible example. Now more than ever, mankind needs our Saviour.

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