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.
“…if we are honest with ourselves, from time to time, we find the light being turned on in our world, and we are amazed (and sometimes embarrassed) at what we see. It isn’t that we don’t know that certain things are not right. We just don’t realize how destructive these things are until the light comes on.” (McGee, Robert. The Search for Significance. 2003)
I was reading this today and was reminded of God’s proposal to us. We are all given a choice between himself or the world.
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
1But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For theLord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Nothing else I can say is more fitting at the moment. This video says it all for me. I need strength.