And the end result? “He is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks into a snare.” (Job 18:8 NKJV) This is not a plot for a movie that I made up. This is real life, taken right out of the pages of Scripture and Lynnified from Proverbs 7:6-23. Another passage encapsulates this whole scene: “Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the flattery of the adulterous woman. She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God. Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to hell. The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life. Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous.” (Prov. 2:16-20 NLT)
But this scene is not just about succumbing to physical temptation. The temptress can be anything that woos us, batting its flirty eyelashes at us in an attempt to drag us away from God’s protection and into some sin. When we vacillate, we step in and out of His light, just like the young man under the lamppost. What are you standing too close to…adultery, porn, gossip, pride, anger, cheating, lying, or anything else that God says is a no-no? Is it beckoning you with its come-hither finger of temptation? If you do not stay in God’s Light, you will succumb to sin’s seduction, finding yourself in its chamber of darkness. When we fail to fill our hearts with God’s Word and stand on its promises, we end up saying to ourselves, “Oh, if only I had listened! If only I had not demanded my own way! Oh, why wouldn’t I take advice? Why was I so stupid?” (Prov. 5:12-13 TLB) When once one has tasted the dainty morsels of heaven’s banquet table, the temptations of the world’s fare will never suffice.
Is there a temptress luring you?
***I dug this out of the archive bin and gave it a good dusting.