An old farmer from the country went to the big city hospital to visit a dear friend. He was told he would have to park in the visitor’s parking lot. He was surprised when he drove up to the entrance that the little gate lifted immediately. He drove right in and parked his car in the shade. He made his visit, returned to his car and drove to the exit, but it didn’t open. It required money to get out. He paid the fare and mumbled to himself as he drove away, “Maybe they changed my oil and rotated my tires while I was there.”
This example accurately illustrates sin. It is so easy to get involved in sin and is very difficult to get out from under a sinful lifestyle. Habits are easy to start and so difficult to break. Satan has always said you can get in now and pay later. Not only does he get the original price back, but with higher interest. The momentary, fleeting pleasure of sin is all the bait the Devil needs with some people. Many people sink into the quagmire of evil without realizing how deadly Satan’s slimy pit can be. The apostle Paul warned us about being outwitted by Satan and admonished us not to be ignorant of his designs (2 Cor. 2:11, ESV).