Received: Nov. 12
A fitting Bible text for General Petraeus, “Be sure your sins will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23).
This is a divine principle and a reality. It is what keeps the whole world from collapsing completely into sin and moral darkness. Aldous Huxley says that sin will always be defeated in the end because at the heart of the universe is a divine goddess that can never be defeated.
But having said this, my heart goes out to David Petraeus. Our human nature is so weak, and it is so easy to fall into sin that we must say “there go I but for the grace of God.”
Many times when I have successfully resisted temptation it has only been because of my constant praying to God for moral strength and his guidance. I have prayed this prayer that is stated in 1 Chronicles 4:10 many, many times, “O Lord keep me from evil.”
I remember a situation I was in many years ago. A beautiful, sexy lady told me she was in love with me. The temptation was so strong that I cried to the Lord, “O my God I am about to fall. Please help me.” I opened the Bible and looked at the text under my finder. Here were the words, “Let her alone.” (Mark 14:6).
Praise the Lord. He does promise us the final victory over sin. Just think of it, perfection and sinlessness can be ours.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakes of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4).