My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

Proverbs 1:10 

Don’t Take The Bait (Proverbs 1:10)

| Oct 16, 2021

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My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. –Proverbs 1:10

I’m from Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” And of those more than 10,000 lakes throughout the state, I believe the most beautiful lakes are nestled in among the forests and rock formations of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The million-acre expanse of the BWCA is home to more than 10% of Minnesota’s lakes.

There is so much to love about the BWCA – all of it shouts praise and glory to its Creator – the beauty and wonder of land, trees, northern lights, the starry skies having no other lights to compete with for their glorious splendor, crystal clear water, the echoing call of the loons, wildlife, and my favorite – fish, lots of them. Only God could create something so praiseworthy!

Before each trip to the BWCA with my son and daughter we spend time, a lot of time, thinking about and then purchasing the perfect bait to catch fish. We want that bait to attract walleye, small mouth bass, and northern pike. We expend a lot of energy in making the right purchase. We want to entice those fish to take the bait, to lure them to bite.

As a dad, I have often used the illustration of fishing to teach my children some really important truths—truths of making wise choices, forsaking sinful desires, being careful about relationships, and ultimately, truths of life and death. That isn’t hyperbole. Some of the fish we caught became a tasty meal.

Many times I have warned my children, “don’t be fooled by sin, it is flashy, it is enticing, it may be enjoyable for a moment, but it will lead to death.” The book of Proverbs repeats these words often “Hear my son…” As parents, we plead and implore them because we know that unrepented foolishness and unrepented sin leads to death. And if sinful practices were not enticing enough on their own…there are those who are intent on luring our sons and daughters to join them, as this passage points out. Years ago, enticement was confined to a person-to-person communication; now it flows freely through social media, the internet, videos, books, and magazines, to name a few.

Moms and dads, maybe you’ve only had to sound the warning a few times, and by God’s grace your children embraced the truth and the message of Proverbs 1—Praise God!

  • The beginning of knowledge – fear the Lord (vv.1-7)
  • The warning against being enticed – it takes away life (vv.8-19)
  • The call of wisdom – dwell secure without dread of disaster (vv.20-33)

Or maybe you’ve sounded the warning continually—because truth has not been embraced. May the Lord continue to give you a voice with your children, by your words and your example of forsaking sin and rejecting enticements. May they be drawn to the precious gift of walking in step with the Lord, knowing…

…No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! Psalm 84:11b-12


For Discussion:

  1. Parents, we were once young sons and daughters, what were the enticing sources of our day? How are they the same today, how are they different?
  2. How can we help your children navigate the streams of enticement offered through the impersonal, yet very compelling, mediums of social media?
  3. While giving thought to this topic, are there any enticements that you’ve fallen prey to? May Proverbs 1 be an encouragement to you—and believers, remember your perfect Advocate (1 John 2:1.)

Brian and his wife Cindy were drawn to the vision of Truth78 many years before Brian joined the team. As parents, they wanted to train their five children to know and treasure Jesus as the only one who could satisfy the deepest need of their hearts. He served as the Truth78 Executive Director for 13 years before transitioning to his current role as Director of Operations. He enjoys teaching children and youth in the classroom and he seeks to encourage Bible memorization through the Fighter Verses Program.


Truth78 publishes curriculum, devotional books, children’s books (including More Than a Story), church & parenting resources (including Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generations), Scripture memory tools and other resources designed to equip your home and church for leading children and youth to treasure God.


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