“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”
The sinner’s call never changes. Satan’s tactics for getting someone to sin has always been the same, but for some reason it seems that we never learn. Maybe the reason we never learn is because sin calls for a walk by sight; whereas, righteousness calls for faith. In this chapter, God identifies how the sinner calls.
First, the sinner’s call is enticing. The verse above says, “…if sinners entice thee…” The word “entice” means to make attractive by seducing. Sin always has a powerful pull on an individual because sin always appeals to the flesh. You can always identify the difference between sin’s call and righteousness’ call by their appeal. Righteousness always appeals to a life of faith; whereas, sin always appeals to pacifying the flesh. The sinner’s call may be enticing to how it can satisfy the flesh, but the sinner’s call never tells you what the next day is like after you have yielded to its call.
Second, the sinner’s call promises companionship. In verses 11-12, the sinner’s call says, “let us.” The sinner’s call always appeals to your desire to be wanted. The sinner’s call shows power in a group. This is the difference between living a life a faith and living a life of sin. The life of faith finds its power by walking with the LORD. Faith doesn’t need a crowd because those who live the life of faith often walk alone. Sin always needs a crowd to make it appealing. Sin may promise companionship, but it always leaves you lonely.
Third, the sinner’s call promises privacy. Verse 11 says, “If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:” It is amazing how sin never wants to be found out. This is what is different from the life of faith. The life of faith has no secrets to hide because it is guided by the LORD. The life of sin always hides its skeletons in the closet with a hope that nobody will find out. My friend, you may be able to hide your sin for awhile, but eventually someone will open the closet and discover the skeletons that sin has hidden. Sin may promise obscurity, but it doesn’t tell you about the worry it places on you because of the fear of others finding out.
Fourth, the sinner’s call promises possessions and wealth. Verse 13 says, “We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:” Sin always promises so much, but it never comes through. Sin’s call never shows you the end product, but only shows you the advertisement. The difference between sin and righteousness is that righteousness shows you the final product that sin never shows you. Why would you listen to the call that never shows you what it produces? Sin shows you the young life, but righteousness shows you the joy of the older person who lived their life righteously. Sin promises possessions and wealth, but it is a liar.
Fifth, the sinner’s call makes you feel important. Verse 14 says, “Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:” Sinners always talk about how they need you, but they need you to be the fall guy. They want you to be the face of sin so they can move on after you have been caught.
Christian, how many times do you have to see the fallacy of the sinner’s call to reject it? Let this devotional be that warning signal to avoid the sinner’s call. The one call you will never regret is the call of righteousness because it delivers joy.