Playing With Fire

June 11, 2018

Proverbs 6:27-28… Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? Or can he walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?

            The book of Proverbs is a book of snippets… snippets of wisdom. A modern snippet that probably comes from these is: “If you play with fire you will get burned.” If we notice the context of Solomon’s writings at this point in the letter, we find that he is writing about sin. One cannot dabble in sin and not be tainted by it. This is old world wisdom. We ought to listen to it.

            We have an understanding that some lies are what we call “white lies.” That is an unfortunate human interpretation.  In keeping with today’s verses I suppose we could call a lit match a white fire. Have you ever held a lit match up to the back of your hand? It singes the hairs and fries the skin. It hurts. If you dabble in sin, you will get hurt. Avoid it… even what you might call “white sin”.

James uses the same analogy when warning about the use of the tongue.  

James 3:5-6… How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.    

            Have you ever said something like, “Nothing is going right?” Perhaps it is time to consider your words. Are you burning up in the fire of hell, which started by words from your mouth? I don’t know a quick fix but, as with all sin, the Bible fix is repentance. Stop your evil ways. Quit:

1.     Talking about other people in a negative way.

2.     Talking about filth and debauchery.

3.     Talking about yourself in words other than the ones God has given you.

Ah, that hurt. I have noticed lately that I keep seeing the verse “You are fearfully and wonderfully made. “ Everywhere I turn, there it is,  sometimes only on the walls of my mind, but there nonetheless. I have a bad tendency to put myself down. It might be for good reason: To avoid pride or to avoid praise, but if I am speaking against what God says, I am guilty of playing with fire. The smallest flame can start a huge fire.