What are the odds that you might have a collision with a deer, elk or moose? According to recent data from State Farm, in 2015 your odds of a collision are 1 out of 169. However, those odds double during breeding season, which takes place from October through December. If you live in West Virginia, the odds are much worse, peaking out at 1 in 44. But here’s a bit of good news; for the ninth year in a row, Hawaii has rounded out the bottom of the list with odds of 1 in 8,765!
Trouble is more likely to happen where trouble dwells! Therefore, if you want to avoid trouble, don’t hang out there! In this case, that would be West Virginia. Instead, get to Hawaii and stay there! (By the way, this is likely the best application you are ever going to hear in a sermon! You’re welcome!!)
Spiritually speaking, we are called to use great caution when venturing into dangerous, worldly territory. Clearly, it is often unavoidable, since we are called to be in the world but not of it. Yet Scripture declares, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers” (Psalm 1:1). To this point, we can learn a thing or two from State Farm's advise:
Use extra caution in known deer zones
Be on guard when in the company of the unsaved. "Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals'” (I Corinthians 15:33); "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm" (Proverbs 13:20).
Always wear your seatbelt
Put on the whole armor of guard. “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm ... For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world ... Therefore, put ... on the belt of truth and ... [p]ray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere" (Ephesians 6:10-18).
At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams
Allow the Word of God to be a light to your feet. "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path" (Psalm 119:105).
Avoid swerving when you see a deer
Don't be fearful as you approach trouble: hold your ground. "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58).
And as for the additional facts you should know, State Farm adds the following:
Deer are on all roads
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
Deer are unpredictable
"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you" (1 Peter 4:12).
The hours between dusk and dawn are high risk times
"But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him” (John 11:10); "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14).