Don’t Play With Fire

At times it is our own decisions that lead to disaster

Proverbs 6:1-35

Reference: “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I was watching some children play down at the beach. It was a cool day and the children were fully clothed but they couldn’t resist being tempted by the waves.

They would challenge each other to get as close to the water as possible. But as soon as a wave hit the shore they were sent scurrying back up the beach.

When I started watching the bottoms of their trousers were already damp. It was no surprise that by the time the game was finished they were totally drenched!

Application: There are some things in life that anyone can predict. When children start playing around water you can guarantee someone is going to get wet.

There are many things in our lives, too, that are quite predictable.  We often, however, don’t have the foresight to see it coming.

The wise writer of Proverbs tells us there are often natural consequences in our lives. If you play with fire you’re bound to get burned. Or as the writer puts it, “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?”

Sometimes bad things happen in our lives due to other people’s poor choices, but at times it is our own decisions that lead to disaster. Let’s be aware of the choices we make so we can confidently move forward with the best life possible.

Prayer: Lord, good choices are sometimes challenging to make. Help me leave the fire alone so I can live wholly for You. Amen.

What fire is tempting you?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.