There is a clever insurance commercial that most of you have probably seen. It revolves around a younger couple who say there are certain things they will never do. For example, they are never getting married, never having kids, never driving a mini-van, etc. - - only to find themselves doing those very things.
The infamous words, “It will never happen to me,” have been violated more times than most of us would like to admit. Sometimes that turns out to be a good thing as the commercial goes on to portray. On the other hand, there are also times when the outcome is anything but good. This is true spiritually as well as with other matters.
At the heart of these words is flawed thinking on our part. By thinking “I will never…” suggests that we are totally in control and that any other outcome is beyond the realm of possibility. Paul seems to have addressed such an attitude when he penned, “For this I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).
There is an old story about an eagle that soared through the sky one spring morning looking for a meal. He spotted a rodent that was trapped on a piece of ice that was floating down the river. So he swooped down and landed on the ice and began enjoying his breakfast.
The eagle could see that there was a waterfall approaching, but he was not alarmed. He figured he could finish his prey and fly away at the last moment. When the ice reached the falls, the eagle finished his last bite and spread his wings to fly away as the ice tipped over the edge. However, he was unaware that the warmth from his feet had caused his claws to become embedded in the ice. Even his powerful wings could not free him so he fell to his death on the rocks below.
This very day there are people who are boasting, “I will never become addicted…” or “I will never get caught…” or “I will never… (You fill in the blank).” We all need to realize that these are clever words from Satan himself (cf. 2 Corinthians 11:14). His snares are strong and powerful and the best way we avoid them is to be cautious of them and never think that we cannot become entrapped by them!