Good morning people who do not go near places where danger lives
Solomon writes about a young person who is seduced by an adulterous woman. While it might not be this blatant for you today, there is a truth here I feel compelled to pass on.
Proverbs 7:7-8 NIV I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense. He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house.
This person who was described as ‘simple’ and ‘who had no sense’, did not go into the house where the prostitute lived. He simply went ‘near her corner’ and he walked along ‘in the direction of her house.’
Is the decision you are making near evil or in the direction of what might be dangerous?
If so, avoid it like the plague!
Fleeing youthful lusts is not just about running away when temptation ‘jumps out at you’ (like it did for Joseph with Potiphar’s wife – Genesis 39). There are times when this can’t be avoided, and God’s grace is readily available to help us say NO to temptation.
But fleeing youthful lusts is also having the wisdom to not place yourself near or in the direction of temptation if you know it could be there. This is not always possible, but it is possible more often than we are honest to admit.
Here’s a great question to ask yourself:
If I go ‘there’, or search ‘that’, or watch ‘this’, am I opening myself up to unnecessary temptation?
If the answer is YES or MAYBE, then stay far away. This is not weak; it’s wisdom!