And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
The PGA Championship is being held at Bethpage Black Golf Course this week in Farmington, New York. The course is one of the most famous in the country and possibly most notable for the warning sign before you make it to the first tee. How do we react when we have warning signs for actions detrimental to our physical health or spirituality? Do we heed the advice or take our chances and do it anyway? Many times in the scripture we are given a warning and are told what is good and what is bad for our lives. We are warned life is a vapor and today is the day of salvation. We are told of the dangers from the tongue, the results of anger, the lusts of the flesh, and even the sin of gluttony. How do we reconcile our behavior after being warned of the likely results beforehand? The battle against the flesh is a constant and lifelong one. We use excuses like “it’s the holidays”, “she caught me on a bad day”, or “I had to give them a piece of my mind.” Ephesians 6:12 summarizes our lifelong battle perfectly, “[f]or we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” We must take heed to what we are truly against when adversity and temptation comes our way. When we recognize the opponent, we then can be comforted by the fact we serve an all powerful Savior who specializes in these fights! Just as Lot even after he was warned of Sodom’s immediate destruction, we have the temptation to linger around the danger instead of fleeing. My prayer is to have the strength to take immediate heed to God’s warnings. He is there to lead and guide our steps, yet we must act in accordance to His instructions.