Recently I’ve seen a few blue herons so I started carrying my camera to see if I could get a nice picture.  It turned out to be more difficult than expected.  When I walk or drive by them without paying any attention they ignore me, but the second I slow down and pay some attention to them, they become skitterish.  If I try to get any closer to take a picture, they often fly away.  They seem to think any kind of motion towards them is a signal of imminent danger and they immediately retreat.

    If only we could adopt that attitude to our spiritual lives.  We see things that we know may cause us spiritual upset, but instead of shunning them we tend to ignore them thinking we can handle the situation.  What we need to do in the face of spiritual danger is to turn and retreat.

    1 Thessalonians 5:22 tells us to “abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)  We not only need to avoid sin and evil, but we should also be on guard to avoid even the appearance of evil.

Published by Ray Richards