Running From Trouble

Genesis 39:11:  One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

Neil Morin was just a teenager when he hunted this mega-buck.  He had a passion to chase whitetails and lived in the center of one of the best areas for trophy bucks.  In 1991 Neil knew of a monster buck on their family’s farm and couldn’t wait for opening day.  Unfortunately, he was raised on a farm and chores had to come before hunting.

It was mid-afternoon before Neil was able to get out and when he grabbed his rifle and went outside…  There he was, bedded out in the middle of a big bean field.  Neil began crawling on his belly, at about 150 yards he peeked up and the buck was still there.  Suddenly the buck stood and stared towards Neil, but he wasn’t prepared for a shot as he had no rest and he was very excited.  After a few seconds the buck laid back down…  This became a deadly decision.  Neil kept crawling and after what felt like an eternity he stood, only 30 yards from the bedded buck.  Without notice the buck lunged from his bed and began to run for the cover close by.  Neil’s rifle roared twice and the buck tumbled to the ground.  Neil Morin’s name went into the record books with a buck scoring 265”.

In the book of Genesis we read about Joseph and his brothers had sold him into slavery.  God had other plans for Joseph.  The leaders in Egypt had taken favor with Joseph and he had become in charge of all of Potiphar’s, a top leader in the country, household.  Potiphar’s wife wanted to have a physical relationship with Joseph and one day grabbed him and tried to pull him into her room.  He followed what God wanted and turned and ran.

1 Timothy 6:11: But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 

God calls us to flee from sinful situations.  The longer we hang around the edges of sin the more likely we are to fall into it.  Each year we hear of people that are daredevils and enjoy clinging to the edge of danger.  It is exciting for a while but sooner or later…it will cost them.  The bible warns against this practice of falling into sin.  It explains that we must distinguish right from wrong and when we stay with what’s right it will go well with us. Proverbs 14;22 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”   Follow what’s right to God, not what’s right for this world.

If Neil’s buck had run when he first knew there was danger no one would know who Neil Morin is…  Luckily for the whitetail hunter’s world we know Neil.  When you and I come into a possible sinful situation, we need to run from it.  The longer we stay, the more likely we are to fall into it.

Written by: Dean Hulce

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