Mirage In The Desert
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden." Genesis 3:6-8
I attended a small, conservative, Christian school when I was in junior high. I had a friend at school whose dad was called away to serve in Operation Desert Storm as a chaplain. My friend was struggling spiritually in his life and he missed his dad tremendously. He was part of my core group of friends and we shared things as close friends often do. He began to be quite rebellious and some of the things he was doing made me nervous for him, so I started to try and keep my distance. I was no saint, but I still did have some morals and limits.
He came to school one day and pulled me to the side to tell me a secret. He told me he had found a magazine in the alley and wanted to show it to me in the boys' bathroom. He did not have to say much about the magazine as I knew exactly what he was talking about. I was nervous that I knew this information, and I just knew we would be caught. He told me to meet him in the bathroom at the lunch hour, and he would show me what he had found. Word travelled fast and it did not take long before it seemed all the boys in junior high and high school knew about this "secret".
Lunch time came and a lot of the boys decided to meet my friend in the bathroom. I would like to say I took the moral high ground, but I simply knew he was going to caught, so I avoided the bathroom like a meatloaf special. The guys came out of the bathroom, and I told him I didn't even want to hear what they saw or anything about it. I did not want to be incriminated, and I did not want to be put in a bad situation. It did not take long before the authorities found out and it seemed they were pulling anybody and everybody into the office for questioning. My friend and countless others got into some serious trouble and I escaped the event unscathed. I wish I could say I treated all aspects of temptation this way, but it seems like it does not take much to be entangled in sin by what seems pleasant to the eyes.
We are often tempted by what we see and by what we hear from the tempter. Satan sells us on what comes through our eye gate, and he always makes it seems better than what it is in reality. We often find out the hard way the consequences of our actions, and our eyes are open to the truth when it is too late. We try to hide our actions but we forget that God is everywhere and that He sees all things. We can never get anything past him even if we try to hide our sin in the most secure of places. Proverbs 1:10 states, "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not." We must be careful of the "mirage" that the Devil presents and we must realize what we see is not what we get. John 8:44 states, "...[the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
Where are you today friend? Is the Devil tempting you? Are you believing the lie he is telling you? Are you trying to hide your actions from God who sees all things? Are you looking for that which will satisfy for only a moment, but not considering the eternal consequences? Are you foolishly putting yourself in situations where he is able to continue to tempt you? May we flee when tempted by the Devil who seeks our demise and may we run to God and not hide from Him. May we choose wisely and recognize the mirage before entangling ourselves in it.
Stay in the fight!