His Light

Feb. 21, 2021

Scripture Readings

The book of Proverbs gives us wisdom to live a good and godly life. It gives us sacred warnings to pay heed to, lest we fall down a slippery path to devastation. 

Today’s passage from Proverbs is titled “Warning Against Adultery” in my NIV Bible. When I was newly married, I felt like this was a no brainer. I thought: “This could never happen to us – we will have immunity from this peril.” We did all the right things. We went to church, we had good friends, we went on marriage retreats. It couldn’t happen to us … until it did. My world imploded because of choices my then husband made.  The destruction and devastation that can happen due to the choices of someone else, have far reaching implications and consequences. We’ve heard of the positive ripple effect of an act of kindness … the same is even more true with an act of unfaithfulness.  

The NLT says in vs 22 & 23 “An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness”. 

While I don’t really like the word “evil” in v22, I do resonate with the idea of a man being held captive by his own sins. Ropes that catch and hold him. “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy!” (John 10:10a)

We’ve heard how Covid has resulted in higher rates of addictive behaviours. If you are being held captive by an addiction (yours or someone else’s) – tell somebody! The people of Foothills are there to help. They can direct you to the proper resources and others who have walked the same path.You do not have to do this alone. You do not have to let your life turn to ruins. And most importantly, Jesus is always there to sustain and carry you!  

The simple truth: God can’t redeem what we hide. We have to let his light in and be willing to let others into the silence to break the chains that bind us. I don’t know where I’d be without the love and support I have received from my church family.  

Maybe your story isn’t as dramatic as mine or others, but let us learn from God’s truth and from each other. The journey can be so complicated … but God will not let you go!

Dwyla Friend

When not writing devotionals, Dwyla also cares for the most vulnerable in our community as a nurse.