Senior Pastor’s Devotional
17 July 2020 | Recovery Movement Control Order – “Strategic Psalm 91 Watch”
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”
1 Cor. 16:13.
This is a real incident. In 1911, a stuntman by the name of Bobby Leach went over Niagara Falls in a specially designed steel drum. He succeeded!
Although he suffered injuries, he survived because he recognized the tremendous dangers involved in the feat and he had everything he could to protect himself from harm. However, several years later, while walking down a street in New Zealand, Bobby slipped on an orange peel, fell and badly fractured his leg. The leg became infected, and eventually gangrene necessitated the amputation of the leg. Leach died of complications two months later (Source: Wikipedia) Can you believe that? He received a greater injury walking down an ordinary street than he sustained in going over Niagara Falls. What assumed to be a safe situation turned out to be fatal for this stuntman.
When it comes to life’s temptations, we are very much aware of and are careful to avoid the ones that are obviously dangerous. But like Bobby who slipped on an orange peel, it is extremely easy for us to ignore the seemingly “little” temptations that slip up on us silently and don’t appear to carry a threat. However, a little drink here, a tiny taste of drug there, a small gamble now and then, a quick visit to a pornographic website can lure us and entrap us…and we wake up and discover that we have slipped over the line.
No wonder the Scriptures warn us to be on our guard…and “If you think you are standing, be careful that you don’t fall.” 1 Cor. 10:12
Are you on your edge now? We need to be reminded of this on and off.
Rev. Lawrence Yap.