It entices me off the path, and I plunge through wet overgrowth for a closer look.
Is this a good flower or a bad flower?
All I know is that it’s pretty.
Demands a close-up.
You can’t always tell the inside by the outside.
And the allure of the pretty can be dangerous.
Solomon found that out.
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done. ~2 Kings 11:1-6 (NIV)
The allure of the pretty sliced Solomon’s heart.
And cost him the kingdom.
Maybe he originated the Irish toast, “Here’s to our wives and sweethearts. May they never meet.”
Pastor Bill reminded us yesterday that we are the bride of Christ.
The one who redeemed us and loves us with an everlasting love.
That we enter into a covenant relationship where we are to cleave only to Him.
And yet we have a tendency to run after other lovers.
To follow the allure of the pretty.
To commit spiritual adultery.
To set up our own idols.
To worship the pretty instead of the Creator of the pretty.
The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. ~Matthew 6:21 (Message)
And we plunge off the path.
I’ve been grumpy.
I don’t know why.
But I don’t like it.
Except maybe I do.
Maybe I get some reward from it.
I remember complaining about something almost 30 years ago to a pastor friend.
I don’t remember what it was, but I still remember his response.
“You must like it. Otherwise you wouldn’t do it.”
I hate that those words still hang in my head.
Because it turns it all back on me.
My sweetest sweetheart.
My biggest idol.
It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. ~Deuteronomy 13:4 (NIV)