Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Proverbs 6:27-28 -- On Not Burning

"Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?"
Proverbs 6:27-28

These verses are in the context of talking specifically about adultery, but perhaps this is also applicable to most sin.  We think that we can do bad things and that it won't affect us.  We often think this with smaller things before larger.  Maybe we can watch this movie or read this book without being affected.  Perhaps we tell ourselves that we can withstand this much temptation and it is okay, as long as we don't cross some specific line, but we can get really, really close.  But God here is telling us, wait.  We are missing the point.  Why *try* to get closer and closer to something bad?  We're burning ourselves, and harming our souls by even wanting bad things.  Instead, we should see the danger, and stay far away.  Not burning ourselves or even warming ourselves at the fire of sin.  We should seek happiness elsewhere... and it IS found elsewhere.  It's not easy to change our desires or our hearts, but God helps us with that... to want the good as well as helping us with good actions, if we see the danger and go to him for help.  Today, let's not be drawn to the flame only to find out that it is really a bug-zapper.  Let's turn to God instead.

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