He Does Not Know That It Will Cost Him His Life

The side stream looked promising from a distance.  Its undercurrents allured with assurances of freedom, fun and fulfillment.  The mighty river of God’s revealed will was naturally leading in a different direction, but I kept noticing the side stream.  Others were taking the detour.  Why not me?  I won’t get too off-course.  I’ll remember the way back.  I won’t travel the side stream all that far.  Just a peak.  I know what I’m doing and I’m strong enough to get back when I’m ready.

The water is more shallow in this side stream.  It’s murkier than I thought it would be.  And stagnant.  There were so many others who deviated from the river right along with me.  So why do I feel so alone?  The sun was shining so brightly before.  Why do I feel like I’m surrounded by shadows?  It’s harder to breathe in these cloudy waters.  Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Time to turn around.  But it’s harder now.  I can barely see where I’m going.  There’s scarcely enough water to even maneuver.  The more I struggle to set myself free, the more tangled I get.  What started out as a promising side stream has quickly deteriorated into a trickle of filthy muck and mud.  I can’t even turn around.  Where am I?  Where did everybody go?  Help!

What was that?  A shadow?  A rustle?  A…

…how did this happen?  Why did I ever leave the fresh, deep waters of the river?  How could I have been so foolish?  Why didn’t I know that traveling this side stream would cost me everything.  Why…

With much seductive speech she persuades him;  with her smooth talk she compels him.  All at once he follows her,  as an ox goes to the slaughter,  or as a stag is caught fast  till an arrow pierces its liver;  as a bird rushes into a snare;  he does not know that it will cost him his life. (Prov 7:21-23)

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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