I came across this verse last night in my Bible study, and I couldn’t break loose of it. Something about it stirred my spirit, my eyes continually being drawn back to it.
Proverbs 1:10 reads, “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.”
There are two simple points I want us to draw from this Scripture:
- Those who are living in sin will tempt (attract, allure) you
- You have the choice whether to consent (to say yes, to be involved in)
James 1:13-14 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.”
If we’re being honest, we live in a day and age where taking responsibility for your actions or being accountable for your choices is not a popular thing. We would much rather play the blame game and point our fingers.
“Well, if ________ didn’t love me then it’s no wonder I can’t treat anyone else kindly.”
“You don’t understand. He had it coming for him.”
“Did you see the way she looked at me? I have every right to say something.”
We will scrounge the bottom of the barrel and pry up whatever little excuse we can find for why we choose to live in disobedience. But just as the Proverb states, we choose whether to consent to sin. We make the decision to entangle ourselves in wrong doing because it’s normally the easier choice.
It’s not easy to be humble and have a quiet spirit when someone has (or you think has) wronged you. You want to clap back and get angry. You want to one-up them. And so the motivation to secure the stability of our pride ends up being our downfall.
Listen, it doesn’t matter what you do or how nice you are, you will always have people that don’t like you. You will always come face to face with trials and temptations. But you have the choice to make. No one can and no one will ever make the decision for you. People may try to sway you one way or the other, the Holy Spirit will give you a way out of the situation, but ultimately the decision comes down to you.
Why are you making excuses? What is it that’s holding you back from pursuing God wholeheartedly? Sin will never fill the void in your spirit, only Jesus Christ can. So, those temporary pleasures you’re seeking will only keep you itching for more and more. You will never find enough. But once you realize who Jesus is, and when you lay your life down to find Him, you will finally see He alone is the way, the truth, and the life.