It finally happened – we knew it would but I guess we were in denial. For months our TV has been making cracking sounds we turn it on. With trepidation we took turns poking the on button and running to hid behind the sofa. We knew it would eventually blow but the combination of an addiction to watching the news in the morning (we first start with South African new, then jump to Sky) and no budget for a new TV meant we were prepared to take the daily risk for our news fix. Finally, last Saturday afternoon we sat down after a friend’s wedding, turned on the TV and heard what sounded like a machine gun series of cracks. The screen went bright and the dark – just a mysterious green glow in the centre of the screen that visited for a few seconds then quietness and darkness. Thankfully there was no fire nor smoke – I have childhood memories of wheeling smoking TV out of the house in a wheel barrow.
We knew each time we turned the TV that it was dangerous, but we couldn’t help ourselves. The temptation of watching the news was too much for us even though we knew we were putting ourselves in danger. It made me ask myself how often do we dangle ourselves spiritually close to danger – thinking we can run and hide behind the sofa it gets too bad. How far are we prepared to go towards danger for the sake of our own pleasure? Watching the news is not a bad thing, but by doing so we knew we were putting ourselves at risk.
Paul’s advice to those who think they are strong against temptation is to be careful:
1 Corinthians 10:12-14 Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. 13No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. 14So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can. (Message)
We may say to ourselves – I know my limits, I know how far I can go and still get out of the way before things go wrong. Paul says watch out; you can fall flat on your face without planning it. Instead there is always a way out.
What is your danger zone? Food issues, boasting, sexual issues, loving money etc the list is endless? We all have our own danger zone that we know we really should be avoiding due to our weakness. The question I ask myself this morning is, ‘am I dancing too close to danger’?