“Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.” 1 Corinthians 10:5
Ever watched one of those animal channels? Ever seen one of those season of drought, with the ground molded by heat into hard clay and breaking? One will often see carcasses and animal skeletons all over the ground, some died of lack of food or water, others were eaten.
Whenever I am confronted with such sight, my subconscious always run to when such animal was alive and vibrant before it fell and became an art on the stretching landscape of hard clay.
As I considered 1 Corinthians 10:5, my mind ran back to that picture and I could see clearly how this relates. The 12th verse of that 1Corinthians 10 talked about ‘if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”, relating that to verse 5 which says “Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness”, I hope you too can begin to see how this relates? I hope you can begin to see the picture in my head?!
Many of us Christians can conveniently avoid the “big” sin, but it is those ones which do not appear to be seen that are the killers, hence the warning to beware if you think you are standing. In the spur of the moment while you are angry, did you mind what you said to that brother or sister? Did you speak words to cut him just as much as he has hurt you or did you bring him back in love?
Did you keep those extra change in your pocket because, you know the company has already written out the bill, you just happen to have some lose change from the purchase so you decided to pocket it? Have you truly forgiving that brother or sister or you still feel like hurting them… or do you still hurt when you see them?
Did you joined in the conversation when some people where slandering the leadership of the church, the country, your boss or even amongst colleagues and peers? Do you totally obey the will of God or you are still trying to have your way in it? Did you skip that bible reading, that fellowship or even church service where you have been committed saying one day does not matter? Did you cut someone down, criticize or condemn that brother or sister who is struggling hard to get right with God?
Like the children of Israel that fell in the wilderness, the animals in my illustration fell when the ‘grace of the rain’ left the place where they were. Both parties where once vibrant but fell when drought came. There are little foxes that destroys the vine, little leaven that leaveneth all in the life of a Christian and it all begins with that little move in the wrong direction. Someone once said you never can tell how far one little disobedience takes you away from the will of God, and for this reason many Christians have fallen off the race to the ‘greener pasture’ like those animals who fell in the desert land. One little unforgiveness, one little revenge, one little covetousness, one little peep into that dirty magazine, one little flirtatious comment and before you know it, one becomes like one of the carcasses in the wilderness! Once vibrant but now dead!
Let he who is standing, make sure he isn’t fallen!
About Alex Amos
Alex Amos is a Creative Writer and Team Head at Lexyville Entertainment, publishers of SelahAfrik. He is a publicist for Christian personalities including Wole Oni, Wilson Joel, Glowreeyah Braimah, Ada, Chris Shalom and more. Alex is an Assistant Pastor, serving in Heaven on Earth Ministries.