Hidden Hooks

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For the past few years I have made regular use of the devotional Voices from the Past.  It is a collection of daily readings taken from some of the great writings of the Puritans and has provided me great sustenance in my daily walk with Christ.  Consider this great quote from Thomas Brooks in one of this week’s readings:  “One of Satan’s devices to draw the soul into sin is to present the bait, and hide the hook; to present the golden cup, and hide the poison; to present the sweet, and the pleasure, but hide from the soul the wrath and misery that will certainly follow.”  When in the throes of temptation, sin seems so appealing.  Sin offers promises that it will never fulfill; promises of security, acceptance, knowledge, pleasure, and more.  Satan’s promise to Eve in Genesis was that by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she would be like God.  She would be brought in the know, her status would be elevated, and she would find fulfillment in the action.  But embedded deep in that fruit was a hook that Eve didn’t see.  If we could only change our perspective with sin and see the hidden danger, sin’s luster would quickly tarnish.  How different Eve’s perspective would have been if she had viewed that fruit as laced with poison that would destroy her soul.  Too often we view sin as if it’s an oasis in the middle of a desert that will bring relief from the heat of the day.  If we knew that the pool of water was filled with bacteria and disease not only would we never linger at it’s edges, but we would keep a wide path to avoid its borders.   As we battle temptation, we will do well to remember that Satan loves to present the bait but hide the hook.