What if you were able to step back from your life and view all the possible paths you could take? If you do drugs now, your body will be affected both now and in the future. If you live life sitting on the couch eating potato chips all day, your life will be affected both now and in the future. If you ignore the law, your life will be affected both now and in the future.
I throughly enjoy the Back to the Future movies. The basic plot is that Mary McFly and Doc Brown go back in time and then spend three movies trying to undo the harm that they have done in their travels. I love how it is all woven together and how it all works out in the end. There is an appeal to time travel because we can just correct the mistakes we make. We don’t have a time machine, so we need to pay attention right now to what we are doing and make wise choices now. That means understanding where danger is and why we avoid that danger.
It is important to recognize where the danger lies, isn’t it? You might be tempted to do many different things. I mean some things we do in our lives will have very limited impact on us or others and somethings can be catastrophic and can alter your life forever. Either way, to live a godly life is to know that there is danger in temptation that needs to be avoided.
Temptation has different parts to it.
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; – Proverbs 5:3
Sin is made to look appealing all the time and often we find out the hard way that it wasn’t a good idea. Well, how is that accomplished? First of all, it is said to be really delicious, sweet as honey. The lips of the adulterous drips honey. This is where the sin looks so awesome and you just have to have a small taste. Temptation will try to mess with a weakness and then get you to desire that thing so much that you just have to have it. It will not come out and say “hey I am sin, I will cause you trouble” It will instead disguise and distort..
It also says that her speech is smoother than oil. You ever rub oil in between your fingers? It doesn’t get much smoother than that. But in this case, temptation is a smooth talker and will eventually get you to do what you do not want to do.
but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword – Proverbs 5:4
You have now given into temptation and indulged in all of the sin. But, it is no longer sweet, in fact it is bitter. It is gross and you can’t get the taste our of your mouth. It is like when we take a piece of candy to eat. The expectation is that candy is sweet. Let’s say you took one and it was bitter. What a let down, right? That is what happens with sin. It looks good until you are into it and then the reality of it all sets in.
The Real Life Affect
Sin will take its toll on you every time. Of course, temptation doesn’t tell you that because it is all about the impulse.
Some of you are very impulsive with how you make decisions. There are some very real affects that sin has on us in real life.
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
In the case like we have here where someone has an affair with someone else’s wife, yes that will mess with your reputation. We want to be a good witness to others for Jesus Christ. When we fall into the traps of sin, that witness can suffer as a result and then people will use you as an excuse not to follow Jesus.
Also, you get all tangled up. Verse 9 talks about giving your years to one that is cruel. Sin will take all it can get and will not deal kindly with you.
Then there are often health ailments that affect how long you live. Think about it: It says here you will groan as your flesh and body are spent. Sin can lead addictions, sexually transmitted diseases, violence, which all take their toll and could shorten your life.
Regret is also present.
You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! – Proverbs 5:12
The realization sets in at some point that, the warning signs were there, the choice was there to make, and you chose a path the lead to sin and problems. Sin promises happiness, and does not deliver it.
For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths. – Proverbs 5:21
Don’t ignore the warning signs. If the sign says that the bridge out then you need to turn around. Keep the big picture in mind and realize that your decisions now affect your life. It matters right now.