Several days after a recent snow storm, the beauty and fluff of fresh powder had been reduced to hard-packed snow and ice. It was slick and often brought about acrobatic-like maneuvers just in walking to the mailbox. While out walking with my boy, he asked me why I took a longer path around all the ice. I simply told him that I wanted to stay on my feet and that’s tough to do when walking around on slippery places. At his young age, he has a hard time seeing the pain of falling down. For him, it’s nothing more than an opportunity to slide around and skate. But as he grows older he’ll soon discover the consequences of walking around in slick places. Hopefully he too will learn to take a different path and avoid the places that will cause him to stumble.
Life is much the same for us as adults. I once heard a pastor say, “If you don’t wanna fall down…then don’t walk in slippery places!” Seems pretty simple, right? But how many times have we trudged right through the slick spots of life and never once considered the danger until we found ourselves flailing for solid ground. Sure, it may appear to be an easier path, or a more enjoyable approach to the ride we’re on, but in the end, walking around in places we ought not be will lead to destruction. Satan would love nothing more than to cause us to stumble in our marriages, our friendships, our personal commitments, and to bring to death the godly things in our lives. Stand on solid ground my friends…don’t walk around in slippery places.
“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” Proverbs 14:12