S U D D E N D E S T R U C T I O N- by Roger Lipe Illinois State University Team Chaplin
Have you heard the story of Len Bias? He was the first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA draft. During the evening that followed his selection, he overdosed on cocaine and died. His story serves to illustrate another of the things God hates.
In Proverbs chapter 6 and verses 16 through 18 we read, “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil…”
You may be wondering why God hates these things. It’s simple really; all the things from this passage injure people. Some quickly, some slowly, but the end is inevitably the same, people die. That’s why He hates these behaviors, He profoundly loves people.
Len Bias’ feet were quick to rush into cocaine abuse and it cost him his life that same night. A thing that kills some people over the space of decades did him in with one stroke. His feet were quick to rush into evil and death was waiting for him there.
Let’s choose to avoid evil. You probably already know where it lives and which of your friends hang out there. Avoid it at all costs! You could dodge it effectively for a while, or you could be like Len Bias and suffer immediately. The sure solution is to avoid the evil all together.
In today’s competition, let your feet be quick to rush into first place!! Let them be quick to serve your team and to fulfill your goals. Have a great day of competition!
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