One lovely evening towards the end of March, I left the university after attending a PhD student’s presentation. I headed towards the Holloway tube station and while getting ready to cross the road, a man and his little daughter joined me. It was getting dark and the three of us appeared like loners because the truth is, there were no vehicles coming on both directions. But we chose to wait. Suddenly, the girl began to cross the road. In a rush, her father pulled her backward, scolding her in a harsh tone.
“That red light means stop”, he said, pointing at the traffic light.
“Children don’t know that, ‘ I said.
He looked at me smiling and as if he’d being struck too hard, he said, “Thank you very much`;
By this time the green light had shown and we bid one another goodbye.
How many of us have a tendency to take God for granted? The fact that He is compassionate makes us think He can overlook our repeated sins. It is true we are to forgive our enemies seventy-seven times, but it is not true that we are at liberty to keeping committing the same act of crime over and over again.
For instance, someone robs a shop. Then he confesses his sin, asks God for forgiveness and promises never to do it again. Later he goes back to rob another shop and return to repentance. A third time he does this, fourth, fifth, sixth and on and on. God is so merciful to continually pardon this repented burglar.
Nonetheless, there will come a time when God will not forgive this man because he has voluntarily abused the grace of God placed upon him.
King David committed adultery once. Just once and not twice. He knew that if he continues stealing poor men’s wives and assassinating these men, he would lose the throne and be reduced to the shepherd boy he used to be.
We cannot fool Jehovah. We cannot choose to take Him for granted and expect His grace to abound in our lives. In whatever wrongdoings, we engage in, let us not forget we have limits. We must stop immediately the Holy Spirit nudges us into seeing that we have reached the red light.
In Jesus name, AMEN.