DayBreaks for 9/28/15: Time-Lapse Sin
Time-lapse photography compresses a series of events into one picture. The technique can produce some truly stunning images. One such photo was featured in an issue of National Geographic. Taken from a Rocky Mountain peak during a heavy thunderstorm, the picture captured the brilliant lightning display that had taken place throughout the storm’s duration. The time-lapse technique created a fascinating, spaghetti-like web out of the individual bolts.
In a similar way, we tend to think of our sin as isolated, individual events. Though we may perceive it that way, our sin presents itself before the eyes of God differently. Where we see only isolated or individual acts, God sees the overall web of our sinning. What may seem insignificant — even sporadic — to us and passes with hardly a notice creates a much more dramatic display from God’s panoramic viewpoint.
The psalmist was right when he wrote, Who can discern his [one’s own] errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. (Psalm 19:12-13).
PRAYER: We tend to think of our sin as small, harmless dalliances, Lord. Give us insight into how You see our shortcomings! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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