Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 23rd, 2017
My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!
Proverbs 1:10 (NLT)
Turn Your Back on Sinners
We need to develop the habit of not giving in to sinners even when we are being baited to go their way. Peer pressure doesn’t end when we become adults. We are to be guided by this wise advice at every age. Take the risk of being rejected by the popular ways. There is a reason the Scripture says to turn on our back on the temptation. Choose the way of the Lord. We will have no regrets.
It appears that Canadians, at least at the moment, have turned their backs on online shopping for groceries. Ecommerce when it comes to food just hasn’t caught on. In a recent Brandspark survey, 60,000 Canadians were asked, “If a grocery store where you regularly shop was offering online shopping and delivery, how likely would you be to try their online store?” Only 14% said they definitely or very likely would do so. Another 22% said they likely would do so. That adds up to only 36% who said they would even consider ordering groceries online, and have them delivered. On the other hand, Canadians do like to share opinions online about the products they use. While word of mouth still tops the list, 39% said they tell others using social media about the products they like.
While temptation has always been a challenge, as long as sin has been a part of the human condition, the day in which we live offers temptation much more readily, it seems to me. In its attempt to throw off what it sees as the shackles of its Christian past, our society has become much more comfortable with sinful lifestyles, and the Internet has made such activity much more readily accessible. For those of us who are followers of Jesus, it means we are called to be much more careful in what allow into our lives. The wisdom and counsel of the Bible is appropriate for all generations, because while sin seems so much more accessible these days, the reality is that it has been a part of the human condition since the days of our first parents. So Solomon gave this sage advice for God’s people in Proverbs 1:10: “My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!” These are simple enough instructions. When temptation comes, when those who are involved in sin entice us to follow them into their ungodly activity, we are called to simply walk away. That isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Satan never makes sin look horrible. So we need to be prepared by putting on the armour of God daily – spending time in studying the Bible, praying regularly and letting others know we are followers of Jesus. Then saying no to temptation becomes so much easier.
These have been words from the heart.