It was beautiful, dew drops glistening in the sunlight, tenuously clinging to the spider web. Its shape and architecture was both fascinating and alluring; especially so for the fly that careened into its sticky cords. Something so beautiful had now become a death trap. The fly’s natural instinct was to struggle to become disentangled but the harder it fought the more restricted its movements became. The spider, smelling dinner on the grill, rushed down to the panicked fly and began to wrap it in a silken tomb. And, so it is with sin.
It is hard to believe that something so beautiful could be so lethal. Sin, however, would not have a prayer if a person considered its end. Moses understood the enticement of sin when he chose “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). There has never been a Divine denial that sin, on its face, appears pleasurable. It has a gleam and glitter that attracts us through our own lusts (James 1:14-15) and thinking people have known for centuries that “all that glitters is not gold.” In fact, much of what glitters today is evil. The sins of the flesh, the sins of the eye, and the pride of life all appear glamorous until the “iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin” (Proverbs 5:22). When Achan “saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them (he said), and took them” (Joshua 7:21). The consequences affected Achan, his family, and the entire body of God’s people. Something so shiny, so desirable, became devastation for the man who fell into the tangled web of sin.
And sin does have a way of holding us captive. So, the purpose of articles like this, “instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Timothy 2:25-26). We often think we will just sample Hell’s honey and then, with that massive reserve of spiritual strength that we hold within in ourselves, we will loose ourselves from its sticky residue. We ignore the warning signs. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). It begins slowly, in small increments. It begins with our selfish desires and develops into a visualization of a heightened sense of self-importance. And, “suddenly,” we are lost. Is that your choice?
(Continued next week – Jeff Sweeten)