Chipmunks get away with a host of petty crimes. On farms they dig up planted grain and vegetables. They constantly rob bird feeders. Yet few people seem to mind.
The chipmunk is a rodent, like the rat, with two gnawing teeth above and two below. Specifically, he is a ground living squirrel, with a striped face and five dark stripes along his tan body. Because he is fun to watch, he can charm human beings even while he does them in!
The chipmunk=s ability to captivate comes from several things: his bright, clean appearance, his bouncy energy, and his amusing habits. One amusing habit is the way he stuffs a truly astonishing amount of food into his cheek pocketsCa habit that can intrigue even a hardened man. One farmer who would shoot rats, mice, crows, or squirrels to protect his granary watched a chipmunk burglarize him and said, AI just stood there and enjoyed being taken!@
These little half pint creatures remind me of the charming nature of sin. Wrongdoing often looks inviting. It tricks and charms us with promises of immediate happiness and fulfillment. Alas, however, it robs us right under our noses and leaves us with unhappiness and trouble. Rightness, on the other hand, promises us long-lasting joy, though sometimes we suffer immediately for rightness=s sake.
The conclusion is that sin promises pleasure but in the end does not pay. Rightness promises and pays forever. Moses understood this well, for we read in Hebrews 11:24B26, "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward." Moses looked beyond the present pleasure to the future reward and counted that as more important.
Don=t be tricked by sin=s charming promisesCbe treated by rightBdoing=s reward!
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