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Topic: Sizzle( 05/02/13)
By Linda Rogers
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The moth is a nocturnal insect, hunting by night under the cover of darkness and subsequently hiding by day to avoid being consumed by a bird. If daylight represents a danger to the moth, normally prompting it to hide in the safety of a tree or shrub by day, why would it be drawn to the light in the darkness? Who can explain this apparent contradiction of self-preservation? Although many highly-educated entomologists claim that it’s a case of evolution gone awry, a short-circuit to the moth’s experience of navigating by pinpoints of starlight in the distance….this explanation is unacceptable to the believer in divine creation. Even simple logic proposes that the heat of the flame should drive the moth away following an initial near miss and the slight singe of its wings. Yet, the foolish insect drives back again and again with intensity, until the searing fire destroys it with a brief malevolent hiss. That sudden sizzle is the near-silent sound of irreversible destruction.
Can a man be drawn likewise to a temptation or sin that will completely and utterly destroy him? Scripture says in Proverbs 22:3 that “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” How many times have we seen a man drawn to a sinful temptation with such reckless intensity that he loses his family, his self-respect, or even his very life? Like the moth, a man is simply going about his normal business when the temptation presents itself — flickering with brilliance and dancing in the breeze. It may be an illicit affair, a forbidden thrill, an addictive behavior, or an opportunity for ill-gotten gain. Whatever the sin, in the back of his mind, he knows there is real danger. But on his own, a man simply can’t control the impulse to plunge directly into it.
Without the protection and wisdom found only in a vibrant relationship with the omnipotent Lord and Savior, any of us can be helplessly drawn toward pleasures and temptations that lead only to that sudden, deadly sizzle. Paul warned the believers in Rome about the dangers of conceding to the many worldly pleasures that surrounded them. In Romans 12:2 he wrote “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will.” O Lord, please remind me often of the foolishness of the moth…diving toward the deadly flame instead of seeking rest and protection. Help me to keep my eyes on You and away from the temptation which so easily besets me!
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