Radio personality Paul Harvey tells the story of how an Eskimo kills a wolf. The account is grisly, yet it offers fresh insight into the consuming, self-destructive nature of sin.
"First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then he adds another layer of blood, and another, until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood.
"Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh frozen blood. He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare. Feverishly now, harder and harder the wolf licks the blade in the arctic night.
So great becomes his craving for blood that the wolf does not notice the razor-sharp sting of the naked blade on his own tongue, nor does he recognize the instant at which his insatiable thirst is being satisfied by his OWN warm blood. His carnivorous appetite just craves more--until the dawn finds him dead in the snow!"
It is a fearful thing that people can be "consumed by their own lusts." Only God's grace keeps us from the wolf's fate.
Something for you today:
Do you sometimes find yourself consumed by lusts in your life? Lust in your life brings on guilt, depravity, and eventually a spiritual death. We have all been cut up, and we have all bled inwardly because of our own lusts. But there is hope for you today. If you are ever consumed by lust in your life and you feel terrible about it, and you feel like you cannot be redeemed or forgiven by God. (Let alone forgive yourself) Remember the words of God in the Bible:
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. 2 Corinthians 5
Have you been beaten up because of your own lust? Remember Second Corinthians 5 today, that you are a new creature and all of that old junk in your life is now gone. You may still mess up, but in God's eyes you are a brand new creation. Trust in him to wash you clean. If you believe in Him, he no longer sees the old sinful you, but the new you who is spotless and blameless in his sight. That's the true forgiveness that God offers you today. The old wolf of your life has died, but a new pup has been born again.
May this be encouragement to your heart both today and this week.