Leviticus 1:1-3:17 / Mark 1:29-2:12 / Psalm 35:17-28 / Proverbs 9:13-18
“A foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple and knows nothing. For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat by the highest places of the city, to call to those who pass by, who go straight on their way: “whoever is simple, let him turn in here”; and as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, “stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell.”
What a word picture! As I read this passage, I picture the magazine stand at the checkout line in the grocery store. What a confused area of retail space! At a glance we are hit with an assortment of “fashionable” affairs, soft porn, petty Hollywood gossip, and wordly ideas about sex and relationships. What is it about this stuff that interests us enough to take a look? Maybe because it is dressed up in Versace and boasts the life of the rich and famous. It advertises a false image of lives filled with ease and pleasure, but in reality what it’s selling is emptiness, confusion and causes us to “want” things and lives that cannot possibly satisfy.
The way of Folly comes easy, initially tastes sweet, looks good and claims to bring “carefree fun”. I’m not suggesting that we should never read magazines, but we must be aware there is a danger that comes when we “buy in” and find ourselves measuring who we are, what we have, how we look and how we feel by these empty standards and ideas. All of these things are temporary and can easily end up replacing what will truly fill us. It is only when we recognize and pursue a growing, deepening relationship with Jesus Christ and begin to measure ourselves by His standards and the truth found in His promises that we will truly be filled. We will soon be able to discern the good and healthy fruits that will bring strength to our bones and our foundations. As we fill ourselves with the things of the Lord (His Word, prayer, fellowship with other believers who are growing and deepening in their own walks with the Lord) we will begin to understand how “being full” really feels, real joy will replace “carefree fun” and the junk will begin to look like junk - we will begin to lose our appetite for it.