We've deliberately chosen the old-fashioned language translation for today's verse because we want to focus in on the word 'taken.' When you're in a big city you make sure you're holding onto your bag or wallet tightly. If you're in a particularly rough area you'd hold it closer. Your awareness of danger is heightened. If only we had that same awareness when it came to temptation - that sense of protecting what's valuable.
A guy might find his iPhone innocent enough. But when he's alone and temptation beckons, how easy is it to access sites that could lead him astray? A girl might think there's nothing wrong with her latest novel, but what imagery is it placing in her head?
The moment has 'taken' them to some places they shouldn't be. The image might last a few moments; the results, however, linger a while longer. Why? Because lust promises what it can't deliver. We believe the pictures will satisfy a need, but what it creates is a drive for more and more. The problem with porn is that it 'takes' you to a place you shouldn't be, where you can't protect what's valuable.
For the next few days we'll be talking about the dangers of pornography. (If this isn't something you struggle with yourself, please pray for those who do, and learn more about the struggle they have!)
So what now? Rather than hide from God in shame, be honest about your struggles (whatever they are). Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) says 'Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.'
SoulFood: Ezek 31-33, Mark 16:1-20, Ps 80:1-11, Pr 15:11-14
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