My dad sent this to me recently. It was a brief, but awesome perspective on our positional relationship to sin and it really struck a chord with me. How many times have I *known* I needed to get myself out of a place, where I ultimately got into all kinds of trouble? The Holy Spirit tries His best, but sometimes I have the discernment of a rock, or else I’m just too bent on my path to listen to anyone’s voice but my own. Know that feeling? Anyway, here’s the article. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:
“…But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?…” ~Genesis 3:9 (NIV)

This word: “Where” – It is interesting when you compare and combine different Hebrew scholars’ insight about the relationship between geography and sin.

One commentator states that sin is often “being in the wrong place at the wrong time”. Another points out that God’s question to Adam is not about geography. It is about expectations, ie. “Why aren’t you here by my side?” questions God.

However, this question began with an issue about geography.

Adam and Eve were in the wrong place when the serpent arrived. They were in close proximity (an arm’s length) of the forbidden. What were they doing there, anyway? If God told you not to eat from some tree, would you spend time within arm’s length of the forbidden thing? How safe is that?

Once we put ourselves that close to the possibility of sin that we could reach out and touch it, what are our chances of not reaching?

Wouldn’t we be much safer if we just stayed far away from such places? If sin can be the result of geography, then where we are is something we must seriously consider. If we don’t watch our geography, God will end up asking us why we are not where He expects us to be.

We have quite a few examples of being in the wrong place, here are a few:

1) Jacob was in the wrong place on his first wedding night, because he was in the wrong place at the drunken festival before he went to bed.

2) Abraham sent Sarah to the wrong place when he arrived in Egypt.

3) Lot was in the wrong place after his decision concerning grazing fields; he was also in the wrong place in the cave.

4) David was in the wrong place when it was the time of war.

5) Samson was in the wrong place when his hair was cut.

6) The prophets continually remind Israel that the nation is in the wrong place when it comes to worship, as we sometimes are.

Where you are is just as important as what you are thinking! Quite often, avoiding sin is simply a matter of choosing your parking place.

I have always said in my preaching and teaching that I am a man who “doesn’t like to get close to the edge”. I am not an “edge guy”! In my years of ministry I have seen many a great man and many a great women become a target because of being in the wrong place at the right time (as far as the devil is concerned).

The Scripture implores us to “flee lust”, especially youthful lust.

The Apostle Paul admonishes us in 2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV) to: “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart”. The word “flee” is the Greek word pheugō. It literally means “to flee from or away.” Besides its literal significance, it is used metaphorically of “fleeing” fornication, 1 Cor. 6:18; idolatry, 1 Cor. 10:14; evil doctrine, questionings, disputes of words, envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, wranglings, and the love of money.

Quite honestly it simply means “GET OUT OF THERE”!

Recovering addicts know that old places and old faces must be abandoned if sobriety is going to have a chance. Perhaps we should have learned this from Biblical examples. “Flee,” says Paul. Run while you can. It’s ok. Being a coward in the face of sinful geography is not the issue. The issue is not putting ourselves in places where we are likely to be overwhelmed.

Never try to use faith when the situation calls for wisdom.

Never be concerned with what the other guy is thinking about your decision to “reposition” yourself from the “edge” in order to get to the center of God’s will for your walk.

“Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]. To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity).” ~Jude 1:24-25 (AMP)