Siren Song

My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!

Proverbs 1:10 (NLT)

There is an old myth that sailors used to tell about a group of ladies called Sirens. The myth goes something like: As the ship sailed near the shore, the sailors on board could hear a song being sung. It was the most beautiful song the sailors had ever heard. The melodies and harmonies were fantastic, beyond their wildest imagination. In fact, the song was intoxicating. The sailors would be drawn toward the sound of the song, and would guide the boat in that direction to find its source. The sailors would be so transfixed on the siren’s song that they would not pay attention to the depth of the ocean around them and eventually drive the ship up on the rocks along the coast. Now the trap would be fully sprung and the ship, cargo, and sailors would never be seen or heard from again. The song, as it turns out, was a song of death.

In life, Satan and his minions are really good at singing siren songs to us – even in this day-and-age. His temptations sound so sweet to our ears. The sin entices and intrigues us. The more we listen to his song, the more transfixed we become upon the temptation until, boom! The trap is sprung. We’ve sinned, and we have fallen victim to his schemes once again.

Of course, Satan doesn’t just tempt us with his own voice (or that of his demons). He loves to employ other humans in the singing of his siren songs.

King Solomon, who penned our verse today, has this to say about such people, “My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!” In other words, don’t even give people a listening if they are calling you to do something that is contrary to the Kingdom of God. Close your ears to their siren song. Don’t even give them an audience.

Instead, listen to the Word of God. His Kingdom isn’t about wrecking life, it’s about restoring it. The song of the Kingdom of God is full of love. The siren song of Satan’s empire is about hate. The song from the throne of the King of Kings provides mercy and compassion. The song from Satan’s lair condemns and destroys.

Each of us must choose to shut our ears to the siren song of Satan, regardless of where, or whom, it comes from.

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