It’s hard to think of a reason why cats crawl into any open box, drawer, or other such empty space. But they do. Sometimes their curiosity gets them into trouble. The door to a shed left open might be closed while Tabby is inside exploring, trapping him long enough to miss a couple of meals until someone discovers him.
But people at times are like that too. They get into all sorts of situations that they should avoid for a variety of reasons, and then, find themselves trapped as truly as that meddlesome cat.
Christians should keep themselves so busy in the Lord’s work that they have little time to get involved in all sorts of circumstances that can do them nothing but harm.
There is a certain “curiosity factor” about sin. Sin attracts because it offers opportunities for exploring the previously unknown. And it often adds to that element an even more serious attraction—the possibility of participating in that which has been forbidden. That’s a bit of what Paul was talking about in Romans 7:8—the law itself producing a desire to break it.
Ever see a WET PAINT sign—and want to touch it? A NO TRESPASSING sign and want to enter anyway? The NO FISHING sign is another. That’s sort of the idea.
It is no business of the Christian to be poking his nose into every nook and cranny of sin-just to see what it’s like, of course—no thought of indulging. Yeah—right!
In Revelation 2:24, we read about those in the church of Thyatira who became entangled in the “deep things of Satan.” Hmmmm. Don’tcha wonder how that happened? Curiosity? Pushing the envelope?
Proverbs 22:3 reads, “A sensible person sees danger and takes cover, but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.” Just so. Stop before it’s too late—take cover or, better still, don’t even let your curiosity get the better of yourself to begin with.
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