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- January 2013
By Linda Rogers
The gentlest breeze causes the flame to flicker and brighten in the darkness. The lone candle casts its light in all directions into the night. Silently hunting for food in the safety of the darkness, a moth suddenly detects the bright little light.
Why does the moth stop hunting and immediately swerve toward the taunting light? With swirling loops it dances closer and closer, and then lunges toward the light in an inexplicable dive toward danger.
Initially, the moth passes close enough to the beautiful orange and blue flame to slightly singe its wings in the pulsing brilliance. Yet, the foolish insect cannot resist the temptation of those tempting tongues of dancing light. The moth lines up for a straight-on dive and then, without hesitation, shoots forward into the deadly flame. The whisper of the sizzle gives audible testimony to the moth’s demise.
The moth is a nocturnal insect. It hunts by night, under the cover of darkness, and hides by day to avoid being consumed by a bird. If daylight represents danger to the moth, prompting it to hide in the safety of a tree or shrub, why would it be drawn to light in the darkness? Who can explain this apparent contradiction of self-preservation?
Although many highly-educated entomologists claim it is a case of evolution gone awry—a short-circuit in the moth’s experience of navigating by pinpoints of starlight in the distance—this explanation is unacceptable to those who believe in divine creation. Even simple logic proposes that the heat of the flame should drive the moth away following an initial near miss and singing of its wings. Yet, the foolish insect drives back again and again with intensity, until the searing fire destroys it with a brief, malevolent hiss. That sudden, near-silent sizzle is the sound of irreversible destruction.
Likewise, can a man be drawn to a temptation or sin that will completely destroy him? Proverbs 22:3 states: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”
How many times have we seen a man drawn to a sinful temptation with such reckless intensity that he ultimately loses his family, his self-respect, and possibly even his very life? Like the moth, a man is simply going about his normal business when temptation presents itself—flickering with brilliance and dancing in the breeze. The temptation may be an illicit affair, a forbidden thrill, an addictive behavior, or an opportunity for ill-gotten gain. In the back of his mind, he knows there is real danger, but on his own, man simply cannot control the impulse to plunge directly into that sin. Without the protection and wisdom found only in a vibrant relationship with the omnipotent Lord and Savior, any of us can be drawn toward pleasures and temptations that will lead only to that sudden, deadly sizzle.
Paul warned the believers in Rome about the dangers of conceding to the many worldly pleasures that surrounded them. In Romans 12:2 he wrote: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
O Lord, please remind me often of the foolishness of the moth diving toward the deadly flame instead of seeking rest and protection. Help me to keep my eyes on You and away from the temptation which so easily besets me.