February 5: “One Sin You Had Better Run From”

Today’s Bible Reading:

Exodus 21:22-23:13
Matthew 24:1-28
Psalm 29:1-11
Proverbs 7:6-23

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Proverbs 7:22-23 (NLT): “He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

In today’s Bible reading in Proverbs, a very descriptive scene is painted by Solomon as he speaks to his son. 

We hear Solomon say that there was a time when he was sitting in his home. He peered through the curtain at those who were walking in the street. A group of guys walked by, and Solomon’s eyes focused on one particular young man in the group. He assessed that the man appeared to lack common sense. (We’re not sure what the guy was doing, but he was putting off a vibe that made it clear he was capable of doing something utterly stupid.)

As that young man walked along the street, a married, promiscuous woman caught his eye. Their eyes met. She called out to him, and her intentions were clear. She claimed that her husband was away and wouldn’t be back for at least a few days.

The night was falling, the woman looked attractive and available, and the young man’s sexual passions came alive. So, he threw morality and caution to the wind and did what he should not have done.

Listen to how Solomon describes this man…

Proverbs 7:22-23 (NLT): “He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life.”

In other words, this guy was an idiot. He enjoyed a moment that would destroy him in the long-term.

This warning is relevant to every warm-blooded male. It may not be a seductive woman who calls to us from her doorway. Maybe it’s a sex scene in a movie we’re watching. Perhaps it’s an ad that pops up on our computer screen that presents a scantily clad woman. Maybe it’s the sensuous pictures in the mall store that remind us that Victoria isn’t good at keeping secrets. The possibilities are endless.

As followers of the Lord, we must be like Job when he said: “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.” (Job 31:1).

In doing so, we are denying ourselves what appears to present a momentary pleasure. Yet, it will spare us a plethora of negative consequences in the long-run.

As I conclude, let me provide a list of some long-term negative consequences of sexual sin (especially as it relates to men). This list should make us think twice before violating God’s commands that prohibit adultery in any form.

  • It breaks one of the 10 Commandments – “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Remember that merely looking to lust is equated with adultery (Matthew 5:28).
  • It distorts the value of women. They are seen as objects to be consumed rather than valuable creations of God to be treasured.
  • It can be addictive, which will enslave you.
  • It can destroy marriages, violating promises made before God.
  • It can devastate children who must live with the consequences of someone else’s sin.
  • It puts a massive wedge between God and us so that we cannot enjoy fellowship with Him.
  • It takes away our happiness and replaces it with guilt.
  • It robs us of the blessings that God desires to send our way.
  • It causes others to lose respect for us (lose our testimony) if they become aware of our sin.

This list could go on and on, but you get the idea. Sin is bad news every time. When we realize what we settle for instead of what God offers us, it is bizarre to think that we often choose sin.

But, Jesus’ Cross is our ticket to victory. As we drop to our knees in confession and repentance, we will be free to experience God’s forgiveness. Make sure that you seek and receive God’s forgiveness as soon as an offense is committed.

Also, the cross reminds us that we have died with Christ and we are a new person. So, depending upon Jesus’ strength in us, we must refuse to engage in sin. Instead, we should replace it with other passions that please the Lord and satisfy our hearts.

Photo by Jenny Hill on Unsplash

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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