Christopher Chelpka

What is Holding You Back From Sin?

The road of sin is easy to get on and it’s easy to stay on. As Jesus said, “The gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction.” 

Why is this?

Perhaps one reason is that we rarely have any trouble finding a way to sin once we’ve decided to commit a sin.

Jonah is a good example of this. Jonah is a prophet who decides to flee the presence of the Lord and then, almost without trying, he finds a way to do that.

But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD. (Jonah 1:3 ESV)

So Jonah found a boat. The Hebrew word for “found” (matza) may have a more specific meaning here: according to one dictionary it can mean “to stumble upon” or “to meet accidentally.” Jonah wanted to disobey, and he quickly found the means to do it.

Hugh Martin:

Ah! how often the angry boy, on the playground, has found the ready stone with which to prosecute his quarrel and vent his wrath, creating long-lasting matter of pain to another agreed to himself! How often the man of unbridled temper and murderous envy, jealousy or rage… in the heat and fit of over boiling hatred of his brother… has found as at his very hand, so opportune, so fatal, the deadly weapon… as if the very fiend of malice placed the ready javelin in Saul’s hand, wherewith, save for special providence, the youthful Psalmist of Israel, their future king, had been pinned to the wall in instead of death.

Yes; it is a terrible truth that the sinner will usually find provided, as it were, to his hand, the implements and opportunities which a heart set to do evil will easily transform into helps to sin.

It is dangerous to enter the road that leads to destruction. When you step onto that road, nothing is holding you back except the grace of the very God whom you are sinning against.