Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; (Ps. 1:1)
Just as a little wedge knocked in makes way for the greater, so the committing of a little sin makes way for the committing of a greater. Psalm 1:1 clearly points out that sin is always on the move and it makes men go from bad to worse. It is first a walking, then a standing, and finally a sitting in obstinacy, presumption, and delight in sin. The danger of this is the fact that our hearts are rarely inclined to sense this growing nature. The more we sin, the more numb we become.
The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him (Ecc. 10:12)
If a fool knew that his words were the cause of immediate destruction, he may be more inclined to guard his lips. But as the saying goes “Loose lips sink ships,” not like a blast from an iceberg, but like a million tiny holes systemic to the hull of the vessel. Breaches in a wall begin with a little crack and end with a massive destruction. A small, undetectable tremor deep beneath the ocean’s surface ends in a tsunami of destruction. Small wedges fell grand Redwoods. So it is with the insensibleness of sin. Our hearts are prone to go on, often insensibly, from evil to evil, unless we are walking by the Spirit’s power in the light of the Word daily.
He [Satan] will first draw thee to be unclean in thy thoughts, and then to be unclean in thy looks, and then to be unclean in thy words, and at last to be unclean in thy practices…A young man being long tempted to kill his father, or lie with his mother, or be drunk, he thought to yield to the lesser, viz. to be drunk, that he might be rid of the greater; but when he was drunk, he did both kill his father, and lie with his mother.¹
Your heart is deceitful above all else, and desperately sick. Don’t trust it.
¹Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1997), 39-40.