PawPaw used to laugh at the plethora of artificial baits.
We would walk into the bait shop to get a few tubes of crickets or worms. I’d venture down the row of plastic baits. I’d often pick up a few of the shiniest, brightest, the most noise making rattle ones. I examined the bright colors. I’d move them to see how they shimmered in the light. I’d shake them to hear them rattle.
Then PawPaw would grin and say “Those will catch a lot of fishermen, but I don’t know how many fish they’ll catch.”
So it is with sin. We get drawn in and we know we’re getting drawn in yet we go.
The lure is in front of us. We see the line tied to it. We see the hook. We know it’s not real. But we swim toward it anyway.
From the moment we saw it we knew we had 2 choices – turn away or go bite it.
The second we decided not to turn away we were already hooked.
We lie to ourselves saying
“I can swim just a little bit closer. It will be fine”
But we know that as soon as we move closer we will be taking a bite. We swim close. We swim around it. We look at it. We see the sharp hooks glistening. But we bite it anyway. Not just a nibble, we swallow the hook. At first, we think we have gotten away with it, but then we feel the tug and the hook has been set. We realize we have been caught. We can fight. We can swim away with all our might, but there is one on the other end of the line that is reeling us in. We have already been caught, now he will play us and tire us out until we just give up. We can not get away. We can not warn others. We are caught! There is no catch and release here.
Just like the artificial baits, sin is designed to look better than the real thing.
They sparkle. They shimmer. They rattle. Some even have a swimming motion. They are designed to draw us in. To entice us. If we are not grounded in GOD and looking to GOD to lead and guide us, then the artificial bait of sin will draw us in. Draw us in so close that we are hooked and in the grasp of Satan before we ever realize it.
“Those will catch a lot of fishermen, but I don’t know how many fish they’ll catch.”
Our only hope is found in GOD. GOD can guide us away from the lure if we let HIM. GOD can protect us from the lure if we let HIM. GOD will break the line even after we are hooked if we let HIM. GOD can even release us from Satan’s grasp even after we have been reeled in and tossed in the bottom of the boat.
No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.