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Prov 5:1-14 (NLT)
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel. 2 Then you will learn to be discreet and will store up knowledge.
3 The lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. 4 But the result is as bitter as poison, sharp as a double-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. 6 For she does not care about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn't even realize where it leads.
7 So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: 8 Run from her! Don't go near the door of her house! 9 If you do, you will lose your honor and hand over to merciless people everything you have achieved in life. 10 Strangers will obtain your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor. 11 Afterward you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body, 12 and you will say, "How I hated discipline! If only I had not demanded my own way! 13 Oh, why didn't I listen to my teachers? Why didn't I pay attention to those who gave me instruction? 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace."
Think about what you are reading today.
Maybe your not attracted to another woman or a man (if you're a woman.)
But what's drawing you away from the Lord? Or, what is drawing your attention?
Something in the world? Some physical thing that you try to obtain, but just can't seem to get?
We are talking about lust here.
It's desiring something that you don't have, possibly something someone else has.
Not just wanting, but the thought of it consumes you.
Maybe it's a new car, or house, or even a new job. What about a new look, buying clothes to be up with the latest fashion.
Maybe it's something as simple as a certain food that you just have to have.
Think about what has been consuming your thoughts over the last week.
Now look at verses 11-12.
Afterward you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body, and you will say, "How I hated discipline! If only I had not demanded my own way!
Sometimes we ask, and ask, and ask God for something until He finally say's, "OK, you asked for it."
The children of Israel did this in the wilderness.
God gave them the manna from heaven to eat, but they wanted more, they wanted flesh to eat. Like saying, "God, what you gave us is good, but not good enough, we want more".
Num 11:4-6 (NLT) 4 Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt, and the people of Israel also began to complain. "Oh, for some meat!" they exclaimed. 5 "We remember all the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic that we wanted. 6 But now our appetites are gone, and day after day we have nothing to eat but this manna!"
Num 11:31-34 (NLT) 31 Now the LORD sent a wind that brought quail from the sea and let them fall into the camp and all around it! For many miles in every direction from the camp there were quail flying about three feet above the ground. 32 So the people went out and caught quail all that day and throughout the night and all the next day, too. No one gathered less than fifty bushels! They spread the quail out all over the camp. 33 But while they were still eating the meat, the anger of the LORD blazed against the people, and he caused a severe plague to break out among them. 34 So that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah--"the graves of craving"--because they buried the people there who had craved meat from Egypt.
The people lusted after the flesh, or the things of this world.
What if you were to get what you want? What then, would you still want more?
You say no, but what about the last thing you wanted and got, now you want more?
Matt 16:26 "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
God does bless us all, but learn to be thankful for what you have, and then when God desires, He will give you more.
In His time and in His way, not yours!