It does not take long to learn what to be cautious of when living here in the Sonoran Desert. As John Wayne said, “Careful pilgrim, everything here will stick ya, poke ya, or bite ya.” We therefore take the desert serious, for we know: Its called jumping cholla for a reason, so stay away. Don’t poke around bushes without looking first for snakes. And those wild donkeys look tame with their sad eyes, but they will chase you, bite you, and kick you.
I wish we had the same caution about sin as we have about the desert. I have quoted another preacher before who said, “Sin will take you farther then you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.
The desert and sin both need to be respected. The desert you can learn to live in. Sin you must learn to live without.