Sin. We all know what it is. That ugly, little three letter word which haunts us and hangs a dark cloud over our heads. We’ve all been guilty of sinning in our lives. We confess our sins and God is good enough to forgive us. Sin to me is black/white. I don’t think there is a grey area which says, “Well, this sin is worse than that sin.” I believe God looks at us all, no matter what we’ve done displeasing to Him, and He sees sin the same. So, why do we rank our sin? “This sin isn’t so bad.” “This is the worst sin of all.” “This sin is bad, but not as bad as…”
Last night a terrible tragedy occurred. While I was in bible study, there was a terrible, terrible accident near our church. A woman who was high on drugs senselessly chose to drive. Her decision had fatal consequences when she drove into a motorcycle killing a father and son. A decision that will change her life forever.
On my way to church last night, I saw this father and son driving the motorcycle in an empty parking area. I remember casually glancing over and seeing two cars in this parking lot and a motorcycle driving. Today, I was told this was the family who died. The son, who was 19, was practicing to take his motorcycle license test. After practice, he decided to make the short trip home riding with his dad, a licensed rider. A decision that changed both of their lives forever. They leave behind a wife/mother who lost her entire family by an irresponsible driver. Her life is changed forever.
Today, I have felt the overwhelming presence of God teaching me a very important lesson. No matter if I use his name in vain or fall into temptation, He sees my sin the same as he sees the young woman’s sin. I am not to be judge and jury for her. I will choose to pray that God will use this wilderness to draw her closer to Him. I will pray for her children who are losing their mother to “bad decisions.” I will pray for the family who lost loved ones. I will pray for God to use this terrible tragedy to bring honor and glory to His name. He is faithful. He is good. The decision to trust Him in heartache and happiness is a decision that changed my life forever.