How Far Has Your Curiosity Taken You?

April 23, 2012

Every once in a while it is nice to spend time with another Christian married couple.  I went to a dinner party with my family this past Saturday.  The host family prepared wonderful appetizers.  The entrée  consisted of a vegetable platter with dip, chips, and salsa.  They also served an hors d’oeuvre I haven’t had before, I do not remember the name of this appetizer but it was delicious.  It resembled a small pastry, gently placed on top were onions that were sautéed in cinnamon and butter. The only time I usually eat onions are when they have been chopped into small pieces.  However, the host wife sparked my curiosity when she stated that she added cinnamon to the onions, so out of my curiosity  I tried it and discovered that it was tasty.

There was no harm in me exposing myself to a new appetizer.  What is the worst that could have happened?  I wouldn’t like it and then silently vow to never eat it again, no big deal.  However, it is not always a good thing to satisfied our curiosity.  There are two kinds of curiosity, one that will broaden our horizon and one that will ultimately destroy us.  There is nothing wrong with satisfying our curiosity about something that will not harm us but why do we attempt things that we know will not be good for us? 

In Genesis chapter 19 we find the story of when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  This place was full of wickedness.  The people fulfilled every curiosity that came to their mind.  There was nothing that was off limits!  The Lord was fed up with this place and decided that He would completely destroy it.  However, God is a just God and he was only going to kill those who had no restraint.  God sent two angels to tell Lot and his family to get out of the city.  The angels only gave Lot and his family two instructions, go far and don’t look back and the Lord would spared them their lives.

Genesis 19: 23-26

23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.  

When Lot and his family were far enough away God started destroying the city with sulfur.  Lot’s wife was curious about the destruction of the city and decided to turn around to see what was going on and instantly she was turned into stone.  I am sure everyone was curious about this but only one gave into the curiosity and the result, she died.

Satisfying our curiosity about something’s will not always kill us right away, however it is killing us slowly.  Most addictions are born out of curiosity. A few examples are drinking alcohol often, smoking cigarettes, and over eating, just to name a few.  Once our curiosity has turned into an addiction it affects everyone we are connected too. If Lot’s wife was thinking about her family she would have never turned around but instead she thought only of herself.  Her selfishness left her husband without a wife and her daughters without a mother.

Challenge:  Have you allowed your curiosity to spiral out of control into a territory that will ultimately lead to your destruction?  If  you do not get a hold of it, it will ultimately destroy you and those you are connected too.  Take the control back and make a change so that you will begin to reap a different harvest.

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