“Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”
The first time I ever saw a snake was when I was a boy. Our family lived in Conway, South Carolina at the time, and the home we lived in had a bigger back yard. I was sitting on an old mini bike that was in the back yard, and while sitting on it I noticed what I thought was a long green worm. I ran into the house to tell my mother about this “worm,” and she followed me outside to see what I was talking about. When she saw the “worm,” she taught me that it wasn’t a worm, but it was a snake. She then began to warn me about the danger of snakes to the point that I have always feared them to this day. Whether or not my mother went too far in her description of the dangers of a snake is not the point, the fact that she placed a healthy fear of what a snake can do has kept me from ever being bitten by a snake.
I believe the same fear that I have for snakes is the same fear that everyone should have about sin. The danger that many Christians make is that they get too comfortable with sin, and the lack of fear usually gets the best of them. You are in grave danger when sin no longer scares you or bothers you. It is when the Christian becomes complacent with sin’s presence that sin destroys them.
The verse above is the end of the road that a simple person walked. Verses 7-8 say, “And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,” The thing that destroyed this simple young man was that it didn’t bother him to walk by the house of a woman who had been known to destroy many men. This young man never realized that sin was smarter and wiser than he, and that the best protection against falling for the lure of sin was to stay away from the house of sin completely. The story of this youth brings two thoughts to remember.
First, sin’s minions are often wiser in their call to the simple than the simple is to the ways of the minion. You should never come to the point when you think you are smarter than sin. Sin has destroyed many people who have thought they were smart enough to overcome sin. You are walking down a dangerous road when you think you are smarter than sin. You should be very careful about becoming confident in your ability to outsmart sin. Always remember that many people have fallen when their confidence to outsmart sin was at its greatest.
Second, the best way to never fall for sin is to stay away from the places and people of sin. I am not proposing that you live an isolated life, but I am warning you to insulate yourself from sin. You should never allow yourself to be in places where sin happens. You may think you will never fall for sin’s attraction, but the pressure of sin’s allurement is often greater than many have imagined. If you never want to be the next illustration of sin’s destruction, don’t be around the places where sin happens or the people who live in sin.
Christian, you should be as afraid of sin as I am of snakes. It should alarm you when you are no longer bothered by sin’s presence. You know you need to have a spiritual awakening when you lose the fear of sin. Always remember that the house of sin hosts the corpses of many Christian testimonies. Don’t allow yourself to be sin’s next victim