Have you ever purchased something online only to be disappointed when it arrived? Or maybe you watched a commercial about a particular food making it sound enticingly delicious only to bite into something that left you dissatisfied. You’re not alone. My husband and I fell prey to this trickery recently.
At the beginning of October, I was determined to visit a pumpkin patch to purchase pumpkins for my outdoor fall decorating. I went online to find a pumpkin patch nearby. My search was successful. On a beautiful Saturday morning, my husband and I set out to the pumpkin patch.
Upon our arrival, we didn’t see a pumpkin patch so we went into the information office to be pointed in the right direction. The kind lady behind the desk informed us that there was no pumpkin patch but was quick to point out other things they offered at that location.
Needless to say, we left unfulfilled; not finding what we had been searching for and what had been promised. We were victims of false advertisement.
A lot of us fall prey to another form of false advertisement; sin.
Hebrews 11:25 defines sin as fleeting pleasure.
We are tempted to sin with the promise that it can deliver pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness. However, instead, we are left discontented, unfulfilled, and miserable.
There is an old song by the Cathedral Quartet titled ‘Sin Will Take You Farther’. Some of the lyrics are:
Sin will take you farther than you wanna go. Slowly but wholly taking control. Sin will leave you longer than you wanna stay. Sin will cost you more than you wanna pay.
This reminds me of an incident in the Bible with a king named David. One night David was on his rooftop where he saw a beautiful woman bathing. He inquired about her and discovered that she was married and that her husband was away at war. He was not deterred. David sent for her and spent the night with her. The woman became pregnant. So David, trying to cover up his sin, sent for the woman’s husband in hopes that he would go home and sleep with his wife. Things didn’t go as David had planned so he went to plan B; he had the husband killed in battle. Wow! [2 Samuel 11]
David had gone further than he wanted to go and paid more than he wanted to pay. A family was destroyed, a young woman was now a widow, and an innocent man was dead. All for the selfish hopes of pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness. Sin is definitely a false advertisement!
Are you trapped in sin? Have you fallen for its false advertisement? There is hope! You don’t have to stay in that miserable unsatisfied condition.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Once we confess our sins, repent, and ask for forgiveness, we can ask God to help us to stay away from sin through the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 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 bear it.
We also have God’s word to help during times of temptation.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
We all need a trusted friend who we can open up to, who will keep us accountable, and who will pray with us and for us.
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
There is no excuse to live one more day miserable and dissatisfied in a life of sin. God has provided all that we need to say “no” to sin and “yes” to true joy and true fulfillment.
God always delivers on His promises. He always keeps His word. With God, you never have to worry about false advertisement.
Psalms 119:89-90 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.
Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.