By Joyce Williams
Speaking of the last days, Jesus said: “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24:12
Have you ever really thought about what “lawlessness” and “love growing cold” looks like? To me, it was just the headlines in the news or the struggles of the younger generation to stay morally pure. But recently, I got a hard look at what it really means for us as Believers. I ran into an old friend and after a bit of conversation, I asked about her kids, her husband. I was stupefied (understatement of a lifetime!) to learn that this man who has led folks to the Lord, discipled many, served as a pillar in their church, and who was an over-the-top family man—had abandon his wife and family. He suddenly disappeared (he’d been secretly leading a double life for quite some time), abandoning everything for another relationship.
I have to admit, I mulled over this news for some time, and it still haunts me. But I concluded it didn’t start with a one-day decision to walk away from wife, kids, church, Faith. All sin starts in the mind. We allow Satan to tell us we can’t help ourselves, that God will forgive, have mercy, overlook, give grace—after all, God wants us to be “happy.” But when we believe his lies, we forget that all sin has eternal consequences. There is a price to pay—not just in this life, but in eternity. Take a good look at King David’s family . . . yes, God had mercy on David. BUT there were consequences, both temporal and eternal. There is ALWAYS a price to pay for sin! And it ALWAYS involves sorrow, pain, and death.
So, forewarned is forearmed, right? Choose today to be alert to Satan’s lies, to follow God intently, and to do what is right, no matter the cost.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil prowls about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5:8
“The prudent man sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3
Joyce Williams, whose family of three children has now grown to include four delightful grandchildren, lives in the beautiful Wenatchee Valley in Eastern Washington. Married for forty years to Pastor Paul Williams, she loves history and enjoys traveling, but writing is her passion, along with her family and her church, where she directs women’s ministries and leads a weekly Bible study. She served three years on the national leadership team for ASK Network, an international prayer ministry. Her first book, The Lady Rose, was published by Heartsong, and you will find her inspiring devotional blog at http://www.joycewilliamswritenow.blogspot.com/.
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