Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Tuesday, October 11, 2016
“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not” (Proverbs 1:10).
Solomon wrote some of the briefest, yet wisest words in the Bible. He said a lot with few words. If sinners try to persuade you to do evil, don’t do it. Can an admonition be any simpler?
A Simple “No”
On television in the 80s, I remember hearing a slogan about staying away from drugs–“Just say no! Then go! And tell!” It was catchy and memorable. I think there is a lot of religion in those few words. If I had to apply them to my spiritual life, I would say when the temptation to sin arises, just say no. When the temptation to sin arises, then go. When the temptation to sin arises, just tell the Lord all about it. All of this may seem too elementary, but it is through faith and simplicity that we are able to remain in good relationship with God.
Have we lost the childlike faith that many of us had when we first accepted Christ? That childlike faith kept us far away from evil activities, and from indulging to please our friends. Peer pressure does not affect school-aged children only. It affects all of us in some way or another. The simple word for today is to let the Lord be your guide, and “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4:7-8).