Today’s Scripture: But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

In St. Louis in 1984, an unemployed cleaning woman noticed a few bees buzzing around the attic of her home. Since there were only a few, she made no effort to deal with them. Over the summer, the bees continued to fly in and out the attic vent while the woman remained unconcerned, unaware of the growing city of bees.

Toward August, the whole attic became a hive, and the ceiling of the second-floor bedroom finally caved in under the weight of hundreds of pounds of honey and thousands of angry bees. While the woman escaped serious injury, she was unable to repair the damage of her accumulated neglect.

In the same way, we often fail to see the gradual, cumulative effects of sin in our lives. We could allow a change in our family without looking ahead to the possible consequences. Perhaps the change in and of itself isn’t “bad,” but it still opens the door to sin. Even more seriously, we might stop attending church or allow more leeway in our music and video selections. In the beginning, we may not fully comprehend how damaging these choices are, but down the road, we are sure to reap more havoc than we first thought possible.

Take a stand against sin today. Don’t be tempted by Satan to ignore sin. Be alert to those first “bees” that come buzzing into your life. Destroy sin when it first enters while there is still hope for repair.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder