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by William H. Gross, Jr
The morning was bright and sunny but cold as we boarded the local transportation van. We were on our way to a local salvage yard in search of a replacement for my wife’s vehicle. After a brief ride we arrived at our destination and began shopping through the used vehicles searching for the right car for the right price. My morning seemed to be proceeding nicely supported by continual answers to prayer, and then it happened. We had decided on a small escort wagon, but its cost was more than what we had in hand. I asked the salesman if he would accept less so the cost and fees would slip into our budget (I have never been good at haggling) and he answered that he would write a lower price on the bill of sale to help keep the taxes lower. Being so excited about our find, I did not pay attention to the Holy Spirit when he alerted me about this seemingly harmless adjustment to the transaction.
Later that afternoon as my wife was preparing to take the car to a local dealership to take care of the paperwork she pointed out the bills discrepancy. This time instead of just brushing the matter off, I sat and overanalyzed what to do. By the time I made up my mind to send my wife back to the yard for a new receipt, she was already off to the dealership. The rest of the afternoon was awful. My victorious day turned into hours of rebuke from the Holy Spirit. But why? All my life watching people all around me, it seemed to be considered shrewd business to take part in actions like that right?
Wrong! To the world it may seem shrewd but to God it is just plain evil on multiple levels and it is totally unbefitting of a child of God.
Wow! What an ever increasing mess! All because I let my guard down against sin and went along with the worlds way of doing things instead of trusting God to make up the difference that I needed.
So now as I sit here with resignation, having prayed for forgiveness, I am comforted knowing I am forgiven but fully aware that discipline for my sin must take place somehow. As I wait I cannot help but wonder, in what other areas of my life am I unwittingly committing sin without even realizing it? What’s more I recognize my need to pray “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart”. Psalm 26:2 KJ.
© William H. Gross, Jr.