My 5-year-old son is an expert when it comes to collisions. He is the person who, if there is an empty field with one tree in it, would run into that tree. It is not that he walks with his eyes closed, he just is looking in other places. One day we went to a local convenience store to get some milk and as we were walking out of the store, he got side tracked looking for treasures on the ground and ran into a light pole. Just this week he was riding his bike down the road and ran into a mailbox without even swerving. Collisions have a way of making an object known. A collision will make you notice something that you hadn’t noticed before, often with some injury included.
In our physical life, collisions make us stop and notice something. In our spiritual lives, we experience collisions also as various points in time where something in your life needs to move, change or be redirected as it collides with the truth of God’s Word.
We see what happens when God’s Word collides with the lives. It is decision time. Something has to give, either you change or you ignore it, but in either case there is a decision point there. We see what happens in a world where sin is constantly colliding with the ways of God. Sin is a collision with the very nature of God. When it comes to sin, someone will always pay. This is the reality of sin; a reality we each have to deal with each day.
When there are things in the world that are obviously sinful, we notice this collision in very dramatic ways. Take the story of the woman with the three-day old son who was murdered so that a woman could steal the baby. There are many questions these types of stories leave in my mind. First of all, I am amazed that anyone could do such things to other people. I also wonder how someone could seriously believe that they will get away with this crime and be able to adopt this child. I wonder how the father of this baby will deal with raising the children on his own and honoring the memory of their mother. There is just so much about it that bothers me. I am guessing I am not alone.
The thing about sin is that there is always a cost. God’s way is life and this murder collides with His way. Of course, I look at that and I am angry at the person who committed the crime. But, if you think about it, this sin is not any different from the sin we all commit. In our case, we might not kill someone in cold blood, but we might lie, gossip, or steal from someone else. In every case, the price is still death.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
The good news in tragedy is that there is a Savior who has died to forgive the sins of man. There is a debt of sin that none of us could ever pay. Sin does not miss some people and bother others. It affects us all. God has paid for it through His Son, Jesus Christ. Our sin nature will collide with His ways, but thankfully God has made a way for us to be reconciled to him.
What will God do with this situation in Texas? I don’t know the answer to that. I do know what we have a God who loves us so much that He would take our place so that we might be redeemed! He can redeem that situation, just like He has redeemed the souls of man. Trust Him to pay your debt of sin. It was costly to Him, but it is free to you.