Like Taking Candy From A Baby
February 23, 2024
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:
Many of you will remember the old saying, “It’s as easy as taking candy from a baby.” I believe we all know what that means, but just to clarify, it’s supposed to refer to something that’s very simple to do, like taking candy away from a baby, which is physically very simple. However, doing it without being noticed or caught, well, that may be quite another thing.
If you do not believe me, try this experiment sometime (but only with the child’s parents’ consent, don’t just experiment with random babies). Take a large piece of candy that you know a baby cannot swallow and let the baby lick on it for just a few minutes. Now reach in and take the candy from the baby. Physically, taking the candy back should prove to be relatively easy. However, more than likely, you are going to have one loud, squalling baby on your hands. Furthermore, everyone around will be looking at you questioningly, standing there holding a gooey piece of candy which you just took from that innocent baby. If they do not call you a selfish pig, they will certainly be thinking it.
Taking the candy is easy, but getting away with it is almost impossible. This analogy applies to real life when it comes to immoral behavior. You might be able to get away with it for a while, but eventually, it will catch up with you. You’ll be caught, and as a result, people are going to look at you like some sort of pervert.
Sexual sin may seem harmless at first. However, when those thoughts are acted upon, it can lead to the destruction of the physical body with an untold number of diseases today. Even if that doesn’t happen, it will always wreak havoc on the conscience. It’s incredibly difficult to drive those thoughts from your mind once they’ve taken root. That’s why it’s always best not to let them in! Remember, Proverbs 5:3-5 says; For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
So how do we prevent those thoughts from driving us crazy? Don’t let them into your mind in the first place. To put it another way, don’t give candy to a baby if you might want to take it back.
Are you protecting your mind and your heart?
IF YOU ARE JOURNALING:
Ask yourself, what are MY THOUGHTS concerning this Passage, and todays Devotion?
Do I find within this reading a CHALLENGE for my life?
What are one or two things I WILL DO today or this week to accept that CHALLENGE?
GOD TALKING TO ME: FEBRUARY 23, 2024
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH A DAILY PROVERBS
Numbers 12 – Numbers 14
Proverbs 5:1 – 5
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Leviticus 23- 24
Mark 4:1 – 20
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