When my children were young, each day they showed me what I must have been like to my parents when I was growing up. Some days were good; some were not pretty. I occasionally had flashbacks, when I could hear my father’s voice in my own as I was scolding the troops.
It is part of our sinful inheritance to want the harvest without the work. Satan is a liar and cheater, and so we shouldn’t be surprised to see such a strong inclination to shortcuts in ourselves and others. Fantasizing about hitting a jackpot through gambling will always sound like more fun than working. Cheating and stealing always seem to go so much faster and easier than working.
Satan owns the short term. Sin always provides that short burst of excitement. “Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel” (Proverbs 20:17). God alone owns the long term. There are no shortcuts to satisfaction and true peace of mind. You really won’t like the taste of gravel.
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