We’re all looking for the easy way out, aren’t we? I know I am. Unfortunately, pressing the “Easy” button always has unfortunate consequences. This past Sunday, my pastor Jerry Cisar preached a sobering message about the fact that shortcuts aren’t roads to pleasure, but are dead-ends we want to avoid at all cost.
Here are some of the “headlines” from the message, and the passages from Proverbs 6 that paint such a vivid picture.
1. Easy money is a shortcut to pleasure a trap.
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
have given your pledge for a stranger,
if you are snared in the words of your mouth,
caught in the words of your mouth,
then do this, my son, and save yourself,
for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor.
Give your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
(Proverbs 6:1-5 ESV)
2. Laziness is a shortcut to pleasure poverty
Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
(Proverbs 6:6-11 ESV)
3. Bad company is a shortcut to pleasure disaster.
A worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with crooked speech,
winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,
points with his finger,
with perverted heart devises evil,
continually sowing discord;
therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
(Proverbs 6:12-15 ESV)
Listen to the entire sermon here: