The Devastation of Adultery (4)

spiritual_eyes.gif The wreckage of adultery is everywhere about us like the twisted, fiery metal from a downed airliner. Death and destruction litter the entire area. Its impact is generational in scope.
Despite this readily apparent imagery, we do not see the devastation of spiritual adultery until much later. With no blood shed nor vigils and funerals officiated, the entire effect is somewhat less dramatic. It never occurs in one cataclysmic moment but is instead gradual and almost imperceptible. Spiritual adultery happens in private unless it spills over into public view through our actions and words. Yet, the carnage is no less real for its victims than that of physical adultery (Ezekiel 16).
Jesus promised, “Be faithful until death and I will give you a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10, NKJV). These words would ring false if uttered by an earthly huckster. However, this is an absolute guarantee from the Creator of the Universe who cannot lie (John 1:1-3,14; Titus 1:2). Accordingly, they are the fuel for faithfulness that we need. Motivated by these words we must stay focused and remain grounded in Christ. There is no other avenue of survival (Matthew 25:31-46).
Physical marriages are in danger when the husband and wife lose their connection and cease to become one flesh. Returning to their selfish selves, they seek only that which pleases them. Their spouses, no longer of their flesh, become immaterial or even an obstacle. Adultery violently breaks this bond and places its resolution in doubt. It is the right of the innocent party to dissolve the marriage because of the violence of adultery (Matthew 19:9). Only by mercy can resolution occur.
Spiritual adultery, likewise, is a violent act that brings pain to God. God gives up his only son to the cross and sees Jesus’ sacrifice ignored and ridiculed by men (John 3:16; Hebrews 10:26-29; John 15:13).
Avoiding spiritual adultery is much the same as avoiding its physical counterpart. We must remember the commitment made before men to remain faithful against all odds (Acts 8:37). No matter the temptation to stray, we resist because we see the bigger picture of what it would do to our souls (Ephesians 6:10-13). We weigh our hunger for heaven against any spiritually salacious offer that arises.
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4, NKJV).
We stay connected to God like a child to a father through Scripture and prayer. “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live: [a]nd I will make an everlasting covenant with you” (Isaiah 55:3). When we listen to God through his word and stay tethered to him through prayer, we find our commitment perpetually before our eyes. An immersion in Scripture will prevent the withering of faith that comes to so many who lose sight of Christ, his cause and his blessings.
Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1), the bread of life and the living water that forever satisfies (John 6:35; John 4:10-14). Finding fulfillment in Christ will prevent the wandering heart who seeks answers elsewhere as the Israelites gave up on God and sought solace in the golden calf (Exodus 32:1-6).
The words of Peter must be our clarion call of faithfulness. When asked if the apostles were going to leave Jesus and go after another Savior, Peter replied, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life?” (John 6:68).

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