Be careful!

That is the warning we read throughout the book of Proverbs. Temptation comes with the intent to destroy. She doesn’t come with a sign wrapped around her neck. Instead she comes with sweet perfume and a brazen face. But make no mistake, her intent is to destroy.

“Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: ‘Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.’” Proverbs 7:10-20

The words are sweet, filled with flattery. The setting is sweet, filled with perfume. But pay attention. That perfume includes myrrh. Myrrh is a death spice.

This is not a good place to be.

A moment’s pleasure is not worth a lifetime or, even worse, an eternity of pain. And that can be the result if we choose to walk into temptation’s door.

When temptation comes, turn away.

Don’t give in.

Get out.

Lord, You are the One we want to run to. Please open our eyes to how wonderful You are.

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