Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel. (Proverbs 5:8-9)
We’ve got some great word-pictures in the English language, and “curiosity killed the cat” is one of them. It reminds me of a neighbour’s cat some years ago. The feline would come and drink from our dog’s water dish, just outside our back door window. The “kitty with the bell” flaunted her audacity with a flick of her tail and would go off, ringing as she fled at the sound of an opening door.
Proverbs chapter five speaks of one specific sin, but the principle applies to all others. While we may not be getting out during these days of the pandemic, the truth is that we might be thinking ahead to those times that we’ll be released back into what is being called a “new normal.” When we do, our bent towards pushing the limit and seeing how close we can get to something without getting burnt, will still hold true. This chapter is clear; stay away from it!
George Verwer, the founder of Operation Mobilisation, speaks about this in his book, Drops from a Leaking Tap. He shares how he as a leader has dealt with pornography and sexual sin, with what he calls a “grace awakened” approach to avoiding the traps set along his way. The first word of advice he gives is “don’t go looking for it, because if you do, it will find you.”
One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to guide us in all truth, and to guide our feet, eyes, and ears. Submitting to the Spirit will make us sensitive to the places we shouldn’t meander, and those things which lead to destruction. My prayer today (and every day) is that He keep me to a path that is aligned with God’s will for my life.