Last night as I read I stumbled upon this verse. Proverbs 9:17-18. It reminded me of a dark, dark place. A dirty, mind numbing, heart killing place where no one would want to be. Yet some of us are there anyway. Is it our fault we are here, in this place where the soul goes to die? Yes. Yes it is. But we are not the only one to blame. We were led astray. Because we lacked wisdom, we answered the invitation into a place that was decievingly appetizing yet devilishly torturous.
“‘Let all who are simple come to my house!’ To those who have no sense she says, ‘Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!'” (Romans 9-17 NIV)
As mindless servants we entered, hoping for a taste of that precious morsel we were salivating over. And while at first it was very sweet indeed, seconds later we vomited. Because of our simpleness, our tongue quickly forgot the unsatisfactory taste and again desired the abundance before our eyes. There we remained. Trapped. Returning again and again to the very thing that’s slaying us.
“But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.” (Romans 9-18 NIV)
Take some time to think of what the place in Romans 9-18 above looks like and realize that many of us are flirting too closely with it.