There is a twist in the new season of the television show, The Bachelor. Everyone is talking about his complete inexperience. Some think it wonderful. Others are scratching their heads. The young woman interviewed before meeting him had her doubts. She felt that no one could know if a person was the right one without a trial run. She described her life as a “rainbow cake,” having tried many colors and flavors!
Today’s verse flies in the face of that kind of thinking. Wisdom comes from knowing and practicing what is good according to God’s standards. Believers are to be totally innocent and even naive when it comes to evil. Unlike Eve, we do not have to touch or eat evil to recognize it (Genesis 3). God has made His laws clear and they are established, not to ruin our fun but to protect our vulnerable hearts and give us the best life possible. There is even delight in the path of His commands (Ps. 119:35)
The only thing I miss out on when saying, “no,” to temptation is the heartache that can come with it. The prevailing thought changes with the times but His standards are eternal. What the world says is wise is absolute foolishness in God’s eyes when it deviates from His law (I Cor. 1:20) How is it that the creature thinks he knows better than the Creator? I do not want my life to be a rainbow cupcake. I want it to be the pure unsullied white of His righteousness. I want to be sweet, naive and innocent.
Thank you Lord, that Your forgiveness makes that possible!