He was strangely missing. I came to work and noticed one of our coworkers was strangely absent. He was an extremely talented young man. He was adopted as a baby by a family who poured love into him. He was well-liked, so his absence was significant.
“When’s he coming in?” I asked my supervisor. He turned to me and quietly said, “He will not be working in our office any longer.” That was it. It was obvious asking for more information would not be advisable. Later, it was in the local news. A recent sting in the area was set up to catch prostitution and solicitation. This young man was out late that night and was stung. He was caught soliciting a prostitute.
I’ve asked teenagers in youth groups, “If you could have one dollar now or ten million dollars in eight years, which would you choose?” They’re pretty smart kids, and I’m sure we all have the same answer. I could wait eight years for ten-million dollars! Then I share with them, “Satan’s goal is to rob you of the ten million.”
The father’s advice to his son in Proverbs 5 and 6 is timeless. Human nature has not changed in a few millennia. He warns in Proverbs 5:3-5:
For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb,
And her mouth is smoother than oil:
But her end is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
Her steps take hold on hell.
The devil deceives people all the time. “God gave you these desires, so they must not be wrong,” he says. Scientists unleashed megatons of power when they discovered nuclear fission. This would provide consumable power for entire cities when properly contained within a nuclear reactor. It would accomplish so much good. Then consider the radioactive inferno unleashed when the same process is strategically aimed at a nation in a warhead. “Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned’ (Proverbs 6:27)?
God has provided many things for us to richly enjoy, but mankind has a way of perverting it from its pure and wholesome purposes. Before we are quick to say, “I’ve never committed fornication or adultery.” Beware! The availability of inappropriate scenes in movies and TV shows is pervasive! Would you allow two people to drag a bed in your living room and reenact what you “safely” watch on TV? I dare say most would refuse such a display. How much different is it when it’s seen on a screen in the same living room?
“Remove thy way far from her, And come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, And thy years unto the cruel” (Proverbs 5:8–9). The guy in my office learned a lesson. If he would have listened to the wisdom of the father in Proverbs 5 and 6, he would have avoided so much regret.