Pr. 12:5: “The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.”
Last night, my daughter was instructed to clean her guinea pig’s cage. When it was time for her to put new bedding in the cage bottom, her little brother went to “help.” The bedding is in a closet on our back patio and through the screen door I could hear them both yelling, laughing, and just generally making a ruckus. After the 1 minute warning period had passed, I went outside to check on the progress.
To my horror, I walked in to find bedding strewn about all over the floor of the closet and most of its contents. Interestingly there was only about a handful of bedding actually in the cage bottom. Either the bag of bedding had exploded or the cause of ruckus I had heard was now being revealed. My daughter quickly let me know that it had been her little brother’s idea to toss the bedding about like confetti.
Leave it to God to use something like that to illustrate His word to me. 🙂 Can you infer from this situation, as I did, that the counsels of the wicked are indeed deceitful? They may sound fun, exciting, intriguing, interesting, possibly ok, or even invigorating, but that is a deception. While tossing pine shavings about may have seemed stimulating in a moment of madness, the consequences of such a choice are bigger than those kids could have imagined.
Because of the choice they made, they not only have to pick up each and every piece of pine; they also lost several privileges. Perhaps it was my son’s idea, and he was truly the mastermind behind it all (I don’t doubt it), but my daughter is responsible for the choices she makes as well. Had she simply done her job and left him to his own mess, she would not have to face the same consequences. However, she chose not only to condone his actions, but to be deceived by and entrapped in his unwise counsel. Sadly, she now has to face the same consequences as he.
This is what happens so often. We get some bad advice. We may know better, but we lose ourselves in a moment and become deceived by the allure of sin. Consequently, we will then have to face the same end as the one who lured us in. Be careful whose advice you’re taking. If you are righteous, bought with the blood of Jesus, then you must take responsibility for your own actions and choose what you already know to be right. Through the word of God and the Holy Spirit’s presence within us, we know what is right. We must not let a moment of deception lead us astray.
There ARE grave consequences to sin and we must remember that our souls are far too important to put into the hands of those deceptions. Keep doing what you know to be right. Heaven awaits and we will rejoice for eternity!