Curiosity and craving for knowledge and information often lures the youth

Curiosity and craving for knowledge and information often lures the youth into opening and accepting whatever comes up. He only ‘wakes’ up to find out that he had spent several hours on non-essentials (distractions). Does it end there? No. Oftentimes, one could suddenly find out that one had unconsciously clicked to subscribe to invitations from some websites and of course those sites do a good follow-up on their visitors. Satan’s strategy for capturing Eve was to show her once again what she had seen before and when she looked again, this time and under Satan’s influence, she saw from another perspective. (Genesis 3:6). The destructive tree became an irresistible attraction. The devil comes to steal, to kill and to destroy (John 10:10). He ensures that the things you carefreely and unconsciously toyed with are replayed in your mind and your senses are sensitized to do whatever it takes (reasonable and unreasonable, consciously or unconsciously) to get back to them.

Consequently, a youth would no longer mind breaking school rules and regulations and going against the structures put in place at home and the church just to satisfy the pull on him by diverse distractions. He is obsessed with them. Dinah, the daughter of Jacob made a visit to a ‘forbidden community’. It was supposed to be seen as a serious, dangerous distraction (2Corinthians 6:14-16; 1Corinthians 15:33; 5:6; Proverbs 14:12), but she was unable to see it as such. Initially, she may have been uneasy in the strange, new company she had begun to keep, but as the chatting and new feelings associated with interacting with her new friends in her new environment increased and those activities began to replay in her mind, they constituted a pull to go and satisfy that lust of the flesh (those ungodly and impure desires developed during the outing), the lust of the eyes (those attractive but sinful and improper pleasures she had observed among her new friends) and the pride of life (belonging to the peer group that was the envy of others). The new attraction became the instrument of her undoing. Virtues were lost, righteous motives were overridden, godly purposes were defeated and ambitions were truncated. And today, there is no record of any good purpose achieved through Dinah that can be found anywhere even though she was born into a God-chosen family and was a descendant of the great Abraham.

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