Learning about fishing lures requires learning a whole new vocabulary! There are spoons, jigs, crankbait, spinning lures and plugs. The variety of lures is impressive with so many different materials, shapes and colors. The whole idea is to imitate as closely as possible the movements of a fish’s natural prey. The fish is attracted to what he believes is a tasty snack and instead is nabbed by that hidden attached hook!
Today’s verse describes someone who gives in to temptation. God is never the author of enticing someone to evil (verse 13). And in fact, Satan is not necessarily involved. This verse is addressed to believers and we are dragged away and enticed by our own evil desires. The word, “entice” is also translated as “lure.” Beguiled by that attractive promise of something better, we deceive ourselves. The lure is strong but the Lord is gracious and is able to help, having experienced temptation Himself (Heb. 2:18). He will always provide a way out (I Cor. 10:13). We do not have to bite down on something that later hurts us.
Sin can be so attractive to me, especially through media. But not always. Sometimes it is just easier to indulge, to compromise, or to take shortcuts that I know in my heart are not right. But what promises to fulfill never does. What starts out as pleasurable brings consequences I never anticipated. My heart and its desires can be so deceitful! But doing things God’s way and just saying ,”NO,” to that lure keeps my life less complicated and brings His blessing! I am not missing out on anything except pain.
Lord, keep me close to You and far away from those tempting lures.