For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice, And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense, Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, In the middle of the night and in the darkness. – Proverbs 7:6-9 (NASB)
This Scripture speaks about a young man going in to an adulteress. But I ask myself, could it be applied to any sin?
We know the path of sin. We know how to get to it. We know how to embrace it and love it. When I read this passage I get the vision of a man walking by her house. He has learned from friends where it is. So, he walks by one day, in the middle of the day, and has a look at it. “Aha, that is where she lives.” Then on the next day he walks by and glances at the door and the windows. He’s not sinning right? On the third day he stops and stares for a moment, she comes out, has a look around and then goes back in. She is enticing and beautiful.
Later: twilight (nesheph – twilight), evening (‘erev – sunset), night (layil – night), and darkness (‘aphelah – darkness, gloominess, calamity, wickedness) he goes up to her door. Hidden and in secret, he’s wrapped in dark clothing so no one can recognize him.
It’s always the little decisions that lead up to the sin. If we would just avoid going past her door, if we wouldn’t gaze at the nice flower pot on her steps, we wouldn’t sin.
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:12-13New American Standard Bible (NASB)