Dad used to take my brother and me fishing on a farm pond that belonged to a friend of his. I got to bait my own hook with worms. My brother was skittish so I got to bait his hook too.
We’d cast out into the pond and fix our eyes on those bobbers. When it started bobbing, we knew a fish took the bait. The instant we saw it go under water, we’d jerk our poles back and, if a fish got hooked, we’d reel him in.
Jesus told his disciples he’d make them fishers of men. But Satan fishes in the same waters. He dangles bait in front of us constantly.
- “Okay, Tony. I’ll go to dinner with you, but just dinner. And we’re just friends.”
- “Did you hear they’re going to foreclose on Marge and Tom’s house next month?”
- “This big company isn’t going to miss a few reams of paper now and again.”
- “I’ll just click over to this porn sight once. I’m only going to be there a few minutes.”
- “They paid me cash for that side job, so I’m not going to report it.”
- “Did you get a look at that skirt Shirley wore today?”
- “I’m sure I’ll get that supervisor’s job opening up. They wouldn’t take Randy. That guy doesn’t know what he’s doing half the time.”
Do you find yourself taking the bait more than you swim on by the hook? If and when you take the bait, remember that God always provides a way out.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13