This is a departure from the usual take on these verses. What do you think?
A prudent [man] foresees evil [and] hides himself; The simple pass on [and] are punished.
The wise see evil ahead and remove themselves from the place of temptation. They leave! The unwise stay and fall victim, then receive the consequences for their inaction.
If I see a situation is tempting me to do something I prefer not to thanks to the Spirit’s prompting, I leave. One area is gossip in the workplace. Many times I walk away rather than participate. Sometimes I’m not so wise and engage in the conversation only to experience the conviction later. Sometimes the words that are spoken come back to haunt me.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to [fulfill its] lusts.
Spend time in the Word, get to know Jesus so you can emulate him. Provide sustenance for the spirit’s growth, not for the carnal nature.
Where is my time spent? In the word or satisfying selfish desires. Trading time to play games rather than study the word, would be one example. A constant battle to achieve a balance that pleases the spirit not the flesh. Another would be other media entertainment or outside entertainment. The point is to not give up time in the Word for time in entertainment of any type. The point is not the avoidance of all play, where is the emphasis?, the focus, the desire?
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Lets see, youthful lusts: the “me” time of life, what serves my purpose, putting others down, scuffling over what I want and often turns to words that are hurtful and blows, more concerned if I am first, focus on what happens to me. My students provide a good picture of this. They struggle with preferring others, saying only kind words, not bragging.
So in my life, I still have struggles with a large ‘me’ complex. When stories are shared, I must insert mine rather than just listen and enjoy and encourage. Fear can enter quickly as in driving in the snow rather than having faith that God has protected me, is protecting me and will protect me. Loving those who rub you the wrong way. There are those at work who seem to constantly say things that are disparaging, or seemingly disrespectful. On closer examination, they are not maliciously maligning, they are used by the enemy to create offense in us. This is my struggle.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
And do not present your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness to God.
Holiness in the body is putting yourself last. The closer we get to the Lord, the more we know Him, the more we love Him and our desires become His. When I give in to what I want to do to satisfy my own desires whatever they may be, use of time is most basic, I am once again putting myself under the law and subject to the wages of sin is death. When I am focused and driven by what He wants I am operating in freedom. It doesn’t mean doing without, it means being in touch with his will in my life.