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O Be Careful

Wednesday - July 8th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Proverbs 7:24-27

Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:21-26

Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.

Proverbs 7:25



"O be careful little eyes what you see." Pastor Brian Howard referenced this line from a children's church song during his message on Sunday. As soon as he referenced it, I pictured myself back in the basement classrooms of the church in Indiana, in which I grew up. Like Brian's childhood church, my home church was where I learned this cautionary song.

The song speaks of being careful in what we see, hear, say, touch, and where we go. Singing this song did impact me as a kid. It taught me that the world is full of temptation, and we have to be aware of its subtle seduction. So, when Pastor Brian mentioned it in his sermon, he caught my attention. There is something so simple, and at the same so profound, when you break down how careful you have to be when dealing with temptation’s subtle approach.

Much of the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament is written from the perspective of a wise father (Solomon) writing to his son, who is a young man starting out in life. In Proverbs chapter seven, the focus is on the temptations of a seductive woman. She makes sure her bed is enticing, notes that her husband is away, and speaks of the love they can share. In verse twenty-five, the father warns his son to be careful: "Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths."

Temptation never looks scary or hideous. Whether it is of a sexual, financial, or prideful nature, it always looks like an excellent opportunity. It seems like an inviting opportunity. Temptation justifies the sin it offers. It appeals to our lusts, greed, and arrogance without revealing that it appeals to those destructive desires.

For some of us, sexual temptation easily slithers its way into our lives. For others of us, it is not sexual temptation that trips us up. It is the subtlety of greed and wanting more. For yet others of us, the temptation that ensnares us more than any other appeals to our arrogance and pride. Simply put, the attraction of money, power, and sex can bring us to spiritual ruin.

Which of the three (money, power, and sex) causes you the greatest struggle spiritually? While each of them can be a battle for all of us, we generally have our own weaknesses. One stands out more than the other three. It is good to be self-aware regarding those areas where we are most tempted. It is healthy for us to be honest with ourselves, God, and those who hold us accountable.

While temptation is seductively subtle, its mission of total destruction is not. Be careful!

Whether you know the song or not, read the words to the song both Pastor Brian and I remember from our time in church as kids. Be reminded of how subtle temptation approaches us. Remember to be careful.

O be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little eyes what you see

For the Father up above

Is looking down in love

So, be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little ears what you hear

For the Father up above

Is looking down in love

So, be careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little mouth what you say

O be careful little mouth what you say

For the Father up above

Is looking down in love

So, be careful little mouth what you say

O be careful little hands what you do

O be careful little hands what you do

For the Father up above

Is looking down in love

So, be careful little hands what you do

O be careful little feet where you go

O be careful little feet where you go

For the Father up above

Is looking down in love

So, be careful little feet where you go

O be careful little mind what you think

O be careful little mind what you think

For the Father up above

Is looking down in love

So, be careful little mind what you think

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