During the summertime, I try and take my bike to work. In the winter, I’m relegated to taking the bus. I will often wait at my stop several minutes for my bus. I admit, I can be an impatient person.
What’s interesting, though, is that while I’m waiting, typically two, or maybe even three, buses pass by on the other side. Now I can can go to the other side and take the bus a few short stops to a central bus station, and then transfer to take one of the many that buses that go straight downtown. But, if I’m patient enough to wait a few minutes at my bus stop, I can take a bus directly downtown without needing to transfer. In all honesty, the time difference between taking the two buses is minimal, but it can take longer when the weather’s bad to transfer to the central station.
What does this have to do with faith? Plenty. There are many “shortcuts” in life that appear, on the surface, to be a quick fix to a problem or bind we’re in. Common pleasures, outright sinful behaviour and easy outs can seem to assuage our pain for a time. But that’s just it. Fast cash, sleeping around, not being diligent… all of these things hurt us in the long run. The Bible calls the pleasures of sin temporary, and rightly so (Heb. 11:25). “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Gal. 6:7, NIV).