Secret doors and hidden rooms
In our lives, we go to great measures to be safe. We’re trying to be safe from harmful accidents, natural disasters, and of course, from being harmed by others. We implement these protective measures by wearing seatbelts, obeying laws, purchasing insurance, putting locks on our doors, and keeping valuables in the hidden safe that is found in the hidden room that is tucked behind the secret door in the bookcase. Thank goodness for secret doors in bookcases, and Scooby Doo revolving walls. I know everyone has one or the other, right? The point is…we prepare a protective barrier between us and harm.
In the scripture, the thief can be exchanged with the enemy or the devil. He is called the thief because he wants to steal away our relationship with God, by putting distance between us and God by any means possible. Let me repeat that…the enemy will wedge us away from God by any method that he can. For example, he can help us build a jaded heart towards God. He can also help fill our life with all sorts of sin.
How about some dark chocolate covered sin?
Sin is like a candy in a candy store…we walk in and there displayed in pretty containers is sin in 200 different forms. It comes in every color, every texture, and every flavor. It looks delicious, appealing, and did I say delicious?? And we won’t even mention how good it smells in there. If one candy (sin) doesn’t appeal to us, don’t worry…try the next one. Take some free samples so we know what flavors we like best. Maybe we’ll buy several different kinds of sin; some chewy sin, some sour gummy sin, and maybe some dark chocolate covered sin. What about the coffee flavored sin?? Yes! That one is to die for. The clerk will put it in a pretty bag for us to boot.
Alright, I’ve entertained you with a simple comparison of sin and the visual, textural, and flavorful nature of a candy shoppe. Let’s face it; we’re all human and we’re all going to sin. As we grow in our spiritual lives and mature in general, the nature of the sin and how we may be tempted (attacked) by sin changes. So we have to keep paying attention to how sin sneaks into our life because it will sneak into our life, and it will wedge us further away from God. I Peter 5 sums it up nicely.
I Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. (NLT)
Remember at the beginning, I said that the enemy will wedge us away from God by any method that he can? We need to know our own weaknesses, recognize them, and firm up our barriers. We can have a close friend be our spiritual accountability partner if needed. Did I say we’re all human? It’s okay to have weaknesses. God made us that way. But we need to guard ourselves from harm and keep ourselves safe. The harm from sin could result in physical and/or spiritual death.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (NIV)
I want to remind you about the nature of a thief. A thief:
- does not let you know he is prowling around your home
- does not let you know he found an unlocked door or window
- does not let you know that a door is slightly open
- does not let you know he has been stalking you for months
- does not announce when he is coming in
- does not let you know what he is stealing
- does not let you know what kind of weapon he has
- does not come when your house is full of family but when you are alone
All the scriptures warning us about the thief were not written in vain or for the obvious things in our lives, but to warn us to watch for the sneaky things that will press us away from a glorious relationship with our creator.