Oh, the appetite! It just wants to be satisfied and fulfill its ravenous desire. The wanton eyes see and yearn with lustful cravings that cause the hands to partner with and act on their behalf. They fulfill the deed that satisfies the stomach's aching hunger and brings peace to the flesh’s ardent demands. Oh, the pleasure derived from the cisterns of the world’s delights!
Momentarily that is; temporarily at best. Like a balloon blown up to an awe striking robust before in a moment its popped and its glory is no more-destroyed; like a cake left in the oven too long that’s found burnt and scorched- should’ve cut the time five minutes short.
But we’re found unawares, clueless zombies taking treats out of the hands of demons because they seem so appealing; just like a kid offered candy by that unassuming stranger they were told never to take from. They however forget such a command at the sight of such a prize, and in a moment are entrapped and kidnapped by their unrestrained desire- just like us.
Wisdom taught us in the Proverbs: “My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother. Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck. For the commandment is a lamp and the law a light; to keep you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a seductress. Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyes. Her house is the way of hell, descending to the chambers of death.” (6:20-25, 7:27)
We receive these commands, glance over their content, and then discard them without regard like a meaningless store ad that was but a waste of paper sent to our mailbox. These precepts and lines of life we deem as undesirable and profitless guides. Though all the signs to the right and left warn of the cliff up ahead, we heed not their warning and drive off the precipice into the fires of idolatry that welcome us below. All this to obtain that appetizing desire of the eyes, rather than to obey the command that promised to satisfy forevermore; if one would but deny the enemies attractive gold.
Oh, the appetite! Oh uncontrollable desire that's never satisfied! How you are the destroying agent of mankind- the schemed plan of the enemy to wipe out the kingdom of God!
You deceiving serpent and ugly witch, offering an apple to clueless Snow Whites to keep them from their destiny as kings and priests! How like Delilah you steal man’s strength and like Bathsheba on a roof cause us to turn our gaze from the Lord’s face! You allure Behemoth with your dainty trifles, till we can no longer resist the power of his stomach's muscles.
We are slain daily as Achan by the beautiful treasures of Babylon, and like the rich young ruler choose wealth above following Christ. Like Solomon we indulge and one is never enough; we build bigger storehouses and loose our life the next night.
Pleasures like harlots easily catch our gaze, they lift high their skirts and we can’t help but go astray. The fine food of Egypt is our unquenchable desire; though we’ve received bread from heaven His body and blood are despised.
Oh vengeful hunger that's never satisfied! How you lead men to covet the articles of this life! The food and the drink, the garments and clothes; the houses and cars; the I pads and phones. You fascinating commercials and grandiose billboards! How you captivate the eye and cause men to long for your merchandise. You turn them into robots that must purchase what they’ve seen; they must fill up their homes with the best things on TV.
Destruction and death is reaped by the desire of the flesh. Though the trumpet blows a warning, no one pauses in their choices. Starbucks is always full and McDonalds always busy; strip clubs are acceptable and pornography fills computer screens. The stomach is always hungry and the thirst never quenched; our hormones are yearning to be scratched by either sex. Our hands they are greedy and our eyes they are lusting; we want what others have and our souls are filled with envy. Regardless of the cost we are willing to pay the price, whether it be adultery or stealing we’re unconcerned of the consequence.
The flesh! The flesh! You atrocious nemeses! How you need to be crucified that man might not submit to your deadly desires! But oh the ignorance to your true identity and the snares the enemy is using. How man is blind and unaware of the Babylonian world system they are given to. The luxurious pleasures so seemingly friendly are but poisoned traps to kill and cause men to fall.
The enemy is raging but not in the manner that we think: it’s easier to slay a strong man by the knife of a harlot he just made love to, than by a raging lion or giant that he’s been trained to destroy. Stay within your Husband’s door.