Friday, December 11, 2009

Bread eaten in secret is pleasant


“Bread eaten in secret is pleasant” (Proverbs 9:17)

Have you listened to woman Folly lately? Maybe you have been listening for a long time now. She is a dangerously crafty woman seeking someone to swallow up in her deceit. She promises one thing but actually her path leads to another. Woman Folly promises “bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
The line is dropped in the water and fish swim around it not knowing that when they take the bait they will be snatched out of the water for good. They have a home under the water but the bait looked too good to resist. Ever happen to you? As Christians we need to resist the bait thrown out by woman Folly. We also have a home prepared for us in heaven but many times we take the bait of the world. The Apostle John warns us: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Why? “For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world.” With a big flashing sign John is pleading: RESIST THE WORLD’S BAIT! He says about woman Folly: “The world is passing away along with its desires” (1 John 2:15-17). These are desires of the flesh that lure us into sin. As Christians we need to war against these desires and by the Holy Spirit kill them.

Another problem with woman Folly is her lie that the bread is eaten in secret. We tend to think we can do things or commit sin in secret where no one will see what is going on. We are deceived! God is omniscient. We will give an account to the great Judge in the end. “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17). Woman Folly is selling a lie! Maybe “bread eaten in secret is pleasant” for the moment but we were not created to be satisfied moment by moment. We were created to be satisfied for eternity. An account will be given for the bread eaten in secret.

Fear the Lord for this is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10). Those who hate knowledge do not choose to fear the Lord (Prov. 1:29). Lady Wisdom prolongs life (Prov. 10:27) but woman Folly leads to destruction. Woman Folly is loud and knows nothing (9:13). She sits down in the streets by the high places of the town and calls out to those who pass by (9:14). She calls out to the simple saying, “let him turn in here” (9:16)! She is heard by the ones who lack sense when she says, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant” (9:16-17). It all sounds good “but he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol” (9:18). Here is the reward for taking the bait: eternal destruction.

I’m pleading with you to beware of woman Folly. She lingers in the streets of this world with bait that sparkles beautifully before our fleshly eyes. We must cling to the cross approaching the throne of grace for strength and mercy to resist woman Folly. God has given us his Spirit to fight and kill sin (Rom. 8:12-13). Fight with the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, where lady Wisdom is crying out, “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life” (Prov. 14:27).

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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