“My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course. Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags.” Proverbs 23:19-21 NLT
An effective trap is seldom obvious. There is usually appealing bate of some kind that lures a target in, and then comes the consequence of going for the bate.
Proverbs gives us the warning of traps to be on guard against, too much drink, too much food and too much sleep. They all come with the same consequence, poverty.
Feasting is a wonderful thing to do occasionally, but gluttony is sin. The trouble is that the line between feasting and gluttony is different for everyone. Our culture, and sometimes even the church, can be guilty of encouraging gluttony rather than preventing it. This is where personal responsibility and discipline come in. The trap can be well camouflaged, be careful who you associate with and how you partake of food and drink.
This week ask the Lord to search your heart to see if you are trapped in a sinful relationship with drink, food or sleep. And if you are, confess, repent and be accountable.
In His Hands,