The family pool at the local YMCA is a great play place for our children, especially for our four year old, who can’t yet swim. The water begins ankle deep and gets deeper and deeper the further in the pool you go. When the water is up to my son’s neck, there is a convenient line at the bottom of the pool, marking the difference between the shallow end and the deep end. It’s a good stopping point for him. So, he has been instructed, “Don’t go past the line.” While in the water, of course, he likes to linger right on the line. He likes to test the waters on the other side.
I thought, “How like sin this is.” We often want to see how close we can come to danger, when in reality, we ought to flee the danger. Paul said, “Flee immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18) and “Flee from idolatry” (1 Corinthians 10:14).