Of fire prevention we have all heard. Crime prevention likewise is not only a matter we desire but one whose need we become aware of more and more every day. Sin pre¬vention, however, is far more necessary and, sad to say, of very little concern even in the church world today.
Yes, we can make a distinction between crime and sin. Crime is sin, but all sin is not crime. Crime is what the world calls any deed that breaks a man-made law, and that is sin before God when that law is made by the authorities God placed over us. But there are sins against the first table of the law of God which do not bother the world. Trust in a creature, make an idol to worship, take God’s name in vain, and desecrate the Sabbath, and the world will not call it a crime.
We ought to be concerned about such sins and seek to prevent them and all other sins, as the psalmist writes in Psalm 119:11, 12 in these words: “Thy word have I kept in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, 0 Lord, teach me thy statutes.” Or, as we sang yesterday:
Sincerely I have sought Thee, Lord,
0 let me not from Thee depart;
To know Thy will and keep from sin
Thy word I cherish in my heart.
Quite plainly sin prevention requires knowing God’s statutes, or if you will, having God’s word in our hearts. How important then is the reading and studying of God’s word in our homes.
You may have smoke detectors and take many fire pre-vention actions. You may vote for higher taxes to get more policemen for crime prevention. But are you interested in stopping and preventing all sin in your home and life?
God’s word will show you which of your thoughts, de-sires, and actions are sin in His sight. His word is a mirror, and when you stand before it you will see yourself as God sees you. You will in it see His Son in all His righteousness and holiness. Take heed to what His Son calls you to do, even if it costs you your earthly life. Trust in Him to bring you into His kingdom when He returns upon the clouds of heaven. There you will everlastingly be prevented from all sin forever.
Read: James 1
Psalter versification: 322:2
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.