An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Beauty and the Beast

(Proverbs 6:25 KJV)  Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

Strange as it may seem “lust” (desire NASB) (2530) is not necessarily a bad thing.  This is another one of those context words.  Its moral content depends on how and when it is lived out in our daily lives.  It is translated different ways:  lust, desire, covet, attracted.  It is the word used in the Ten Commandments.
(Exodus 20:17 KJV)  Thou shalt not covet (2530) thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
It is a word used to describe our love of the law.
(Psalms 19:10 KJV)  More to be desired (2530) are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
It speaks of our focus.  The focus of our lives is not to be distracted by “beauty” (3308).  Here it talks about lusting after the beauty of others.  It would also apply to lusting after our own beauty.

God wants to be the desire of our heart.  He wants nothing to get in His way.

So?  Is there anything that is going to make you go out of your way today?  Is there someone you want a glimpse of bad enough to take the long way to your destination?  God wants us to focus that energy on Him, not on the babe or dude in the cubicle down the hall.  Your choice, but remember that she doesn’t control eternity.


Gorges Smythe said...

Unfortunately, Satan plants within each of us the desire for things that aren't good for us. Not only sexual things, but unhealthy foods, bad habits, risque humor and friends, etc. Only the Lord can help keep us away from such things, and only then if we let him.

Pumice said...

Well said.

Grace and peace.