Sin is costly. When we allow sin to reign in our lives it will ultimately cost us (or jeopardize) what we consider most precious. To the Israelites, God’s Temple was their central focus. Even to this day in Jerusalem, faithful Jews will pray at The Wall that used to support the Temple Mount. There was a reverence for the place where God placed His Name.
The worst part of their punishment was seeing the Temple overrun and defiled. God told Israel that they would see this but could not mourn. Here is a simple truth: sin will make a mockery of what you hold dear and the devil will use sin to bring shame upon your life and cancel your witness for God.
We can never allow even the slightest door to remain open to sin because when sin comes in, it seeks to take everything not just a part. That is why Paul, in the New Testament, warned us about letting sin rule us. What sin touches, it destroys. What Jesus touches, He heals and cleanses. Whatever sin you may struggle with, surrender it to Jesus and He will show you a way out.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Ezekiel 27:1-28:26; Hebrews 11:17-31; Psalm 111:1-10; Proverbs 27:15-16