- New Bible Commentary, p. 29.
- Someone Who Beckons, p. 28. Poem by John Newton.
- Living Beyond The Daily Grind, Vol. I, Swindoll, p. 56
Time-lapse photography compresses a series of events into one picture. Such a photo appeared in an issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Taken from a Rocky Mountain peak during a heavy thunderstorm, the picture captured the brilliant lightning display that had taken place throughout the storms duration. The time-lapse technique created a fascinating, spaghetti-like web out of the individual bolts. In such a way, our sin presents itself before the eyes of God. Where we see only isolated or individual acts, God sees the overall web of our sinning. What may seem insignificanteven sporadicto us and passes with hardly a notice creates a much more dramatic display from Gods panoramic viewpoint. The psalmist was right when he wrote, “Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Keep back your servant from presumptuous sins” (Ps. 19:12-13).