Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Trailblazers (Part 2)
Beware Bad Trails
I perceived among the youths,
A young man devoid of understanding,
Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart...
With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
With her flattering lips she seduced him.
Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter...
He did not know it would cost his life.
Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth...
Do not stray into her paths;
For she has cast down many wounded,
And all who were slain by her were strong men.
Her house is the way to hell,
Descending to the chambers of death.
Proverbs 7:7-10,21-27 (NKJV)*
If Satan was once Lucifer, a brilliant leader... if by way of pride, he fell from 'Heaven like lightning' (Luke 10:18)... if he 'Disguises himself as an angel of light' (2 Corinthians 11:14), then the enemy of man is a trailblazer, too. But they are trails of a different sort.
They are rabbit trails: 'Crooked paths' (Isaiah 59:8), wandering aimlessly.
They are sinking sand: 'I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing' (Psalm 69:2).
They are sliding slopes, 'Slippery ways' (Jeremiah 23:12) inviting a fall.
They are boasting paths, known by 'Haughty looks' (Isaiah 10:12).
They are busy streets: 'Broad is the way that leads to destruction' (Matthew 7:13).
They are distracting detours: 'They all alike began to make excuses' (Luke 14:18).
They are blocked roads: 'Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks!' (Matthew 18:7).
They are dark alleys: 'The fool walks in darkness' (Ecclesiastes 2:14), 'He stumbles...' (John 11:10).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: No more rabbit trails!
'All the rabbit in us is to disappear: the worried, conscientious, ethical rabbit as well as the cowardly and sensual rabbit. We shall bleed and squeal as the handfuls of fur come out; and then, surprisingly, we shall find underneath it a thing we have never yet imagined: a real Man, an ageless God, a son of God, strong, radiant, wise, beautiful, and drenched in joy' (C.S. Lewis).
No more crooked ways or dark alleys.
'That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world' (Philippians 2:15)
To Be Continued...
* The Crafty Harlot, Proverbs 6:6-27. However, please know this Proverb's warning is not just about naughty women. Any person, place or thing that moves you toward lust is a crafty harlot from hell: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+7%3A6-27&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers series.