Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 22:1-22:30 / Luke 16:1-18 / Proverbs 9:13-18
A little boy was apparently lost in a busy department store during the Christmas season. He stood in the store aisle crying, “I want my mommy…” People kept passing him, consoling him, giving him nickels and dimes. Finally a store worker approached him and said, “I know where your mommy is son.” The little boy with tear- drenched eyes responded, “So do I…just keep quiet!”
As humorous as that story may seem, it is all too reflective of the world in which we live. Deceptiveness, hypocrisy and fraudulence are all too prevalent among humanity. We should not be surprised because the devil is described as the deceiver. Solomon expounds on the wisdom of God’s ways and the foolishness of sin and the world.
Solomon describes sin as enticing like a harlot. She sits at the door of her house, in full and noticeable view calling out to those who pass by, “Let all who are simple come in here!” (Proverbs 9:16) We don’t have to be “looking” for sin…it will find us! Peter tells us that our adversary, the devil, is like a roaring lion. He is on the prowl to find and devour us with temptation. (1 Peter 5:8)
The allurement and enticement of sin sure does look different after its deceptive mask is removed. The Bible is filled with stories, and we may have few of our own, of the foolish and ugly consequences of sin. Relationships, families and entire lives have been destroyed because we lack judgment and foolishly follow the way of sin.
Solomon recognizes the sweetness of sin, “Stolen water is sweet… (vs.17) Sin wants us to believe the grass is always greener on the other side. Illicit pleasures are sweeter than those that are legal and righteous. The world looks for adventure and granted, sin will satisfy the flesh but it is also blinding. Sin is sweet but with it comes spiritual blindness and addictive sinful behavior.
“Food eaten in secret is delicious! (vs.17) Secret and hidden sin gives us a sense of “security”. Man thinks that if no one knows of their sin, they have nothing to worry about. Achan thought that too when he secretly took the forbidden spoils and hid them under his tent. Remember Achan… secret sins are not secret because God knows and it is only a matter of time before sin is exposed. Sin may be pleasant but it is destructive!
It has been said, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” May God give us ears to discern the foolishness, blindness and deception of sin. There is another voice calling us into a house of refuge, to a place of holy and heavenly fellowship. It is here we can drink from the cup of satisfaction and eat from the table of blessing. May we discern the goodness of our God and the foolishness of sin…it’s time to wise up!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!