We are a world of beautiful things. God’s creations on earth are amazing, the Grand Canyon, islands, caves, mountains, valleys, forests, and all the colorful animals that live in them. While the earth is a wonderful, perfect creation by God’s hands, once sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, changes occur. Satan is not happy just having deceived the first couple, he wants everyone to go after the bait he dangles in our face. He knows exactly what needs, weaknesses and desires we have. While Eve and Adam thought it cool to know good from evil, we may have a desire to be loved, to be adored, for comfort, for healing, for protection, for power, or for respect. Satan knows just the right bait to dangle in front of our face. The enticing bait not only looks appealing, but it will satisfy a desire we’ve had for years. It is so tempting that we begin to rationalize our need for it. “Just this once”, “No one will know”, “I’ll get it out of my system”, “It came to me after I prayed for help”. The bait will appeal to our emotional and physical desires. “Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed” (James 1:14). The temptation is strong enough to drag us away from our faith. If we take the bait, there will be consequences of sin.
The fish swimming in the lake have choices for food which is their natural desire. They eat what the lake provides daily and becomes satisfied. Only the ones who want more than they are given, look for the bait dangling in the water. This bait is enticing, something new and a challenge. If only they could see the hook that is embedded within the bait and know that it is a trap of death. When we are satisfied with the daily bread God provides us with His Word, we aren’t fascinated with enticing bait that fights for our attention. “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:16-17).