My friend, may I ask you a question? Why is it that anything forbidden us becomes such a temptation for us? Why if we know the rules, it’s often just so attractive to sin that we find ourselves putting those rules on the shelf for the sake of our sinful appetites?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
There are just some things in life that remain attractive to me even though I know that, on the one hand, I can never possess them and, on the other, even if I did, I wouldn’t benefit in the having. Of course there are the stories of piles of money won in a lottery that, in the end, cause more misery than mirth. I like to tell myself that I would be different and a lottery win wouldn’t change me much. Probably not. More realistic for me, take food, for example. I need some foods but not all foods. If I could just take that rational approach, there would never be cause for me to be on a diet. Nevertheless, when it comes to thick, juicy steaks, rational rules seem to fade away for me. Steaks just don’t agree with me. Nevertheless, I know that when I’m done eating the one on my plate, I’ll be looking around the table to see who can’t finish theirs. Steaks have an attraction for me that is both alluring and deadly.
It’s been said that “It’s the forbidden pleasures that are loved immoderately; when lawful, they don’t excite desire.” I suppose I could speculate my steak eating behavior might be due to the thrill I get from eating them because I know they aren’t good for me? Really, It’s like that with anything forbidden us. That’s why sinning is such a temptation. We know the rules, but it’s often just so attractive to sin that we find ourselves putting those rules on the shelf for the sake of our sinful appetites.
Here’s a thought from Dr. George Sweetings. “Several years ago a family visited Niagara Falls. It was spring, and ice was rushing down the river. As they viewed the large blocks of ice flowing toward the falls, they could see that there were carcasses of dead fish embedded in the ice. Gulls by the score were riding down the river feeding on the fish. As they came to the brink of the falls, their wings would go out, and they would escape from the falls. They watched one gull which seemed to delay and wondered when it would leave. It was engrossed in the carcass of a fish, and when it finally came to the brink of the falls, out went its powerful wings. The bird flapped and flapped and even lifted the ice out of the water, and they thought it would escape. But it had delayed too long so that its claws had frozen into the ice. The weight of the ice was too great, and the gull plunged into the abyss.” (Adaptation of Dr. George Sweetings Special Sermons for Special Days.)
The material things of this world can entrap us if we become too attached to them and may take us to destruction if we can’t give them up. That’s as true of juicy steaks as it is of piles of money. In that respect, sin is two-faced; very attractive and very ugly–rewarding and at the same time condemning. When we become too friendly with the things we don’t have and don’t need, that’s when they’re most liable to bite us. Eating that second steak may sound like a pretty good idea. But it’s a “good” idea that may be more of a trap than a pleasure. Saying “no thanks” today is better than saying “now what” tomorrow.
We pray. Heavenly Father, sin is sometimes so attractive to us, so satisfying and even comforting. Thank you for your Word which guides us, reflects our sin, and reveals a way for us to go to avoid the traps of sin. Forgive us Father when we give into our passions and desires and allow ourselves to depart from your Word. Help us Father to run from sin, flee instead of grabbing and reaching for a helping of sin that excites for the moment and fades just as quickly. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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