I went to the Occupational Health Unit yesterday. It was, as for all of the staff, one more time, to show my left hand where the Nurse put the vaccination for checking the degree of contamination of Tuberculosis on my body. I was relieved again as the OHN (Occupational Health Nurse) told me, “you are good”.
This reminded me yet again of the dangers of our day. We are exposed to contaminations of innumerous sicknesses! Some of them we can guard by doing things like ‘washing of hands’. But many others, unfortunately the severe ones, we cannot guard against. The airborne ones are toughest to guard against. Water-borne germs too find their easy way into our body system.
We are warned by the medical experts on mostly all of these different contaminations. And we all know that ‘the symptoms’ of the sickness appear not immediately after the contaminations. It varies from sickness to sickness. Some of the sicknesses like Tuberculosis stay dormant for quite long time and in many of the individuals the germs will never become dominant and cause sickness. Jaundice is a dangerous one which would be dormant but can become dominant any time and cause fatal harm. We know about even severe ones today.
This is exactly the same way human beings are contaminated with the germs of ‘spiritual erosion’ as well. Most of the times, we won’t find any ‘symptom’ of the contamination immediately. It takes its course. However, once contaminated, there is a danger of sickness always. I was lead to remember the first two verses in the first Psalm in the Bible:
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of the sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.”
The first verse is pointing us to the ‘places of contamination’. When we know of a place of contamination, we better avoid the place. This beautiful verse so obviously tells us ‘to avoid the places of contamination’.
‘Do not walk in the counsel of the wicked’. I watched a beautiful 20 minute talk by Ravi Zacharias, one of the best orators of our time on religion and values, yesterday. One of the significant things I heard from him was on our need to have ‘resistance’ to the influences of the sinful world. In order not to succumb to the attack of the germs, our body needs resistance. The need of resistance to the counsel of the wicked is even more important if we don’t want to ‘contaminate’ ourselves by wickedness! Let me ask, “Do we give enough thought to this truth”?
‘Do not stand in the way of sinners’. In my mother tongue we have a saying that means something very close to the saying, ‘you tell me who your friend is, I can tell you who you are’! You cannot escape contamination once you stand in the ‘way’ of the most dangerous sickness that is for sure.
‘Do not sit in the seat of scoffers’. Notice the order of the ‘chances to contamination’ mentioned here: ‘hearing, standing, and sitting.’ There is a gradation here. The last one is more prone to contamination. Sitting with the ‘infected’ will almost surely contaminate you.
Verse two tells us the way to ‘resist’ infection in us. I agree that some of the chances of contamination we fail to avoid. Hence is the provision for resistance. Over against the three chances of contamination, we need to ‘spend time with the Word from God’. Mostly all of the biblical characters teach us, one after another, that ‘it is through the Word of God’ we can resist the infection of sin in our life.
Let us be very alert to the places of severe contamination. Let us resist the chance of infection. Let the ‘warning’ of the Lord protect us. Amen!