We are living in a age where sin burns and consumes people in their lusts and devices. In such a situation God has placed people like us who are supposed to live like Christians. Its like sheep surrounded by lions..we won't get harmed unless we wander out of the fold to see how 'beautiful' the mountains are.
We are placed in this world as Christians to be a testimony to the people around. But I personally think, living a true Christian life is the most difficult thing to achieve in this world and it is guaranteed that one cannot live a life up to the expectations of God without his much-needed help. Scripture instructs 'flee away from sin'.....that's when you start wondering what exactly does it mean to flee away? When you are alone and faced with the greatest weakness in your life it is very rare that you can escape from the sin safe...In such a situation you think..."Just once more...it'll be alright...anyway God is a gracious God, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy...well he will forgive me" ...knowing that this is not the first time you said such kind of a thing before falling into sin. That's when we start provoking God.
The people of Israel when they sinned willfully, the punishment upon them was not famine or drought but instant death. Even if they were caught breaking any of the laws, they were stoned to death.
The scripture says in Hebrews 10 : 26,27 "For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, then there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversaries."
I sill imagine is God really that strict? Though he is a righteous and holy God yet his compassion is so great! If I would count the number of times I sinned willfully....man! how on earth am I alive? The most severe punishment I would have got was a bad stomach pain or something like that.
the scripture further goes on to say in Hebrews 10 : 29 "....Of how mush sorer punishment suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under feet the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?"
The moment I read this verse I was deeply moved remembering that the verse strictly meant for people like me. I thank God that he still loves me and will never fail to do so.
The other day, my friend and I spent a lot of time discussing on this subject and the areas in our life where we fail. I thank God that he provided me such kind of a person who I could freely interact with and talk about the problems that I face. One thing that he told me that really pricks me when I am on the verge of falling...."Imagine what would God feel when I sin....He would be crying up there in Heaven...."
We are so shameless that we forget to cry for our mistakes but make God cry!! The Lord himself says "Vengeance belongeth to me, I will recompense it." If God would have revealed his true nature to us, which is hid by the blood of Christ, I doubt if I would have been there to write this article today.
Let's take a stand to say "NO" to sin and change our ways. I know it is easy to preach but extremely difficult to practice(at least in my case) and when it comes to our secret sins. Rather than provoking God through our sins lets ask God for his grace daily with a true heart to help us to carry on each day.