In 2008, I took the kids to one of our favorite summer places: Cedar Point, a phenomenal roller-coaster-heavy theme park. We had a blast! At least for the 1st hour. Right up until my purse was stolen!
Now, don’t feel too bad for me. It was a pitiful lapse in judgment. I foolishly left my purse in an unlocked locker while we rode the Millennium coaster. It was irresponsible of me! Just plain stupid!
I felt humiliated, but also so VIOLATED! I lost a cute pink purse, $80 and my favorite lipstick! Why did someone do that to me? What were they thinking?
No matter what you call it, stealing happens. Call it abscond, burglarize, carry off, or heist. It happens. And we all agree, it’s flat out wrong.
Unfortunately, stealing isn’t limited to the bad folks who are clearly criminals. It’s also found in the church among God’s people, although it’s much more subtle and often justified or hidden. Jeremiah 7:9-11 says:
God watches. Even when we think we’re blameless and free from sin, God knows we still are capable of failing.
What kind of stealing can we be guilty of? Consider some of these categories:
There is a curse for thievery. In Zechariah 5:1-4, he saw a scroll authored by God that decreed every thief would be banished, and their homes would be completely destroyed. Wow.
Wow…big concepts that really stretch the idea of what thievery is.
How can we safeguard ourselves from falling into the trap of stealing? I love Proverbs 30:7-9:
Trust God for provision. Simple, but not always easy, I know. But it’s a prayer he will honor.
Pray it. And lock your Cedar Point locker to protect yourself from the folks that don’t read Proverbs.