Powered by 4 - August 19, 2015

 

Dangerous Self

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 13:1-22

When I read Scripture, I try to put myself in the shoes of the different characters in a story to help me better understand why they acted or responded in a particular manner. So the account of Amnon and Tamar is always a difficult one for me because it's such a tragic situation. Even so, we can learn many lessons from observing and living through terrible circumstances. And this particular account has quite a few lessons for us to take note of.

Lately I've been writing down lists of the things I notice as I read Scripture passages. Then I go back and spend some time considering each point. Here are some of the things that I noted from 2 Samuel 13:1-22:

  • That it is dangerous to continue to dwell on something that is tempting us. The longer we contemplate a temptation, the more likely we are to give in to it.
  • The people we choose to hang out with will influence our thinking.
  • When we become fixated on us and attaining our wants and desires, sinful thinking and actions are likely to follow.
  • Unchecked sin is progressive.
  • Our sin always involves and hurts other people.
What impacted me most from this account was the danger of harboring and operating with a selfish heart and attitude. Amnon's only concern was what he wanted. And as he continued to fixate on himself, he gave into the temptation to sin which then fanned into an out of control fire ending with the rape and disgraceful carding of Tamar.
 
What did God impress on your heart about temptation and giving into sin from this account? Was there a particular point or lesson that impacted you? Tami

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