We are all just one small, bad decision away from tragedy and thus, we must be vigilant to allow God to be our guide. King David made a small decision to continue to look upon Bathsheba and his decision led to the death of two people–one of his own valiant warriors and his very own child. Bad decisions aren’t simply about our lack of character—because even one with the greatest character must still contend with the flesh which is not any better than the day the soul is saved. Consistently good decision making is a result of having such a rock-solid relationship with God so that when we are tempted to make a bad decision, our respect and love for God is what keeps us from even those “small” sins–like looking where we shouldn’t. When King David looked at Bathsheba, he probably never fathomed that his “small” sin would lead to such an extremely painful end! Yesterday, I made several “small” decisions to say and do things which I didn’t think would hurt anyone else—but I could feel the shadow of darkness seeping into my heart. It behooves us to strongly consider what is on our list of “small” sins—i.e., the ones we think are okay because they “aren’t hurting anyone else.” Remember, doing what is wrong NEVER brings us closer to the light of God because there is no darkness in Him. “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”(1 Jn. ‭1:5) As I think about yesterday’s “small” sins, I realize that my decisions were a direct reflection of my lack of respect and love for God. Sadly–I can’t undo those things. However, I can resolve to respect and love God so that I have a persistent desire to walk close to Him. It is impossible for us to walk in darkness and also be close to God. “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 Jn. ‭1:6‬) The closer we get to Him, the more we want to stay because His light is better than darkness and there is nothing in darkness which compares to the warmth of His Presence in our heart