Lust or life?

Day 7, 31 Days of Wisdom

Have you been sexually tempted before? Tempted to sleep with someone who you are not married to? Proverbs 7 describes a man who gave into a woman who was tempting him. This woman was married but took the opportunity to cheat on her husband while he was away on a long trip. I found this chapter captivating as it describes in great detail her seductive ways, her alluring persuasion, and how so many men have fallen victim to her. What struck me though were verses 22-23:

“Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life.”

The human liver has several important functions. Along with the kidneys, one is that it filters harmful substances from the blood. The liver promotes a healthy metabolism and produces the energy you need to function. The scripture is drawing a spiritual parallel to what happens when one is trapped by lust. It is as if their liver has been struck down, and can no longer function as it was designed. It can no longer be the filter of harmful elements that may be in the blood. Spiritually speaking, lust opens the door for blood line iniquities.

Just as your liver is designed to preserve your blood and make sure harmful elements are eliminated from your body, lust is designed to prevent your liver (spiritually speaking) from working. Lust blinds us to what is rightfully ours.

One of my prayers concerning this topic is “Lord, help me to see, appreciate, and be satisfied with what belongs to me. Help me to be aware of all the pleasures, graces, and opportunities that you have laid out for me. Cause me to not look away from what is mine.” I pray the same for you. It doesn’t have to be limited to relationships. This kind of prayer keeps you from lusting after things, people, opportunities, etc. When we recognize what is ours, we won’t be blinded by what is not.

Love,

Ernst

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