Pr. 7:8-9: “…Passing along the street near her corner; and he took the path to her house in the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.”
The youth in this verse headed straight towards the harlot’s house. Sometimes we sin simply because we are walking on a path straight towards it. Are there people, places, situations, or events that you know are your weakness? Do not set your course towards them.
He took the path to her house “in the black and dark night.” I am sure he had somewhere else that was more appropriate or more important to be in the dark night, yet he was out seeking his fleshly desires. He walked right into sin.
Paul encourages us to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God. He said that this is our “reasonable service.” Considering the amazing love and selfless sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf, I think we can agree that it is reasonable that we sacrifice our own flesh for His kingdom.
Maybe there are desires of the flesh that you still really enjoy and don’t want to give up, even though you serve Christ. Perhaps you don’t yet abhor all evil. Likely you also find yourself desiring to present yourself to the Lord as a living sacrifice. Remember the sacrifice of Jesus and then make the decision that you will no longer participate in those things. Don’t wrestle with it any longer. Declare your loyalty and follow through.
If you make this decision, God will honor your step of faith and will prove to you that He is sufficient and willing to supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Truly, if he finds your heart loyal to him, He will be able to show Himself strong for you. You will not be left alone.
You may have to literally walk or drive down a different path each day. You might lose some belongings. Your reputation may change. You may even lose a friend or a lover. However, when you stand before the Lord on the day of judgment, know that God will see the sacrifices you have made and will weigh your choices. You will be rewarded for your courage. You will be rewarded for your faith. You will gain eternal life by losing to your flesh.
Not only will your new path have different scenery, but the final destination will be the most glorious place you can imagine. Heaven is waiting for us! Let’s not give up our eternal home for a tourist stop.
Traveling music attached. 🙂